California Association of School Transportation Officials

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President's Message


August 2020

As the summer comes to an end and majority of our schools commence the new school year educating students using remote learning, our transportation colleagues work diligently to create a transportation system that will meet the safety standards required to resume transportation services safely for students and staff.

Covid-19 brought unprecedented challenges to pupil transportation, and safely transporting students is what we pride ourselves to champion. This can only happen when our industry collectively collaborates in finding solutions and developing procedures to safely transport during this pandemic. Several months ago CASTO put together a TEAM of leaders to develop a document to assist the pupil transportation industry resume transportation services safely. This document used federal, state and local agencies recommendations, guidelines, and includes specific examples to assist in developing policies and procedures creating an individual road map in providing transportation once again. I’d like to thank and recognize our reopen California “Chair”, Nanette Rondeau and Tony Lavezzo for steering our committee in creating such a valuable document. Special thank you to Anna Borges and her Team at the Department of Education for their advise and support during the creation of this document.

To our committee, thank you for your expertise, guidance and participation, you embody what CASTO is all about; providing resources designed for success, paying it forward without expecting anything in return, and a true love for our CASTO family ensuring California is leading the world in providing safe and efficient transportation during such challenging times. Below are the very special members of the Reopen California committee:

  • Adriana Catledge | Director of Safety and Training Michael’s Transportation
  • Anthony Brisco |  Director of Transportation Oxnard School District
  • Chrissie Stevenson | Director of Transportation, Campbell Union School Operations, Facility Use District
  • Gingi Borg | Safety Training Supervisor, Newport-Mesa Unified School District
  • Jason Fowler | Director of Transportation, Kern High School District
  • Jennifer Hanshew | Transportation Manager, Kern County Superintendent of Schools
  • Kerri Gardner | Transportation Supervisor, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District
  • Marcela Arizpuro | Director of Transportation Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
  • Melissa Giannetto | Administrative Assistant, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
  • “Chair“ Nanette Rondeau | Director of Transportation, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
  • Rose Lee | Director of Transportation, Bonita Unified School District
  • Shannon Bourassa | Director of Transportation, Snowline Joint Unified School District
  • Steven Mirelez | Transportation Manager, Clovis Unified School District
  • Tony Peregrina | Director of Transportation, Woodland Joint Unified School District
  • Tony Lavezzo | Fleet Manager, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

The above mentioned members are a perfect example of the type of family you have inherited becoming a member, and they as well as you will continue to support this association to get through this pandemic safely together. I encourage everyone to read and share “Road Map on Guidance to Reopening Pupil Transportation” and use as a guide to develop solutions and return to what we do best, World Class Safe and Efficient Transportation Services. Keep in mind, this document is not all inclusive and as we learn more, our committee will continue to amend and provide the most current information available to support transportation departments adjust to current conditions.

Lastly, I’d like to end with a quote: “Let each of you look not only to his own interest, but also to the interest of others (Philippians 2:4).” Although this a religious quote, I believe it fits the mold of any faith or reasonable person as great advice to consider in your life. Always consider what is best for your family, but you should also keep in mind what would be most beneficial for your community. You can’t change the whole world, but you can change your world by being the example you want others to be.

Together we will get through this! Don’t forget to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content to effectively kill germs, socially distance yourself from others and stay a minimum of 6 feet away, and always use face coverings in public places or around people not in your household. Welcome back to the 2020/2021 school year, stay safe, be smart, and show the world why we are the best at what we do!

Sincerely,

Tony Peregrina

CASTO State President

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