Classified School Employee Week

The Heartbeat of our Schools

Classified employees are the heartbeat of our schools and community colleges. From transporting and feeding students to teaching them vital skills and ensuring that schools are operating smoothly, classified employees are integral to public education. California’s Legislature recognizes the important contributions of classified school employees and declared the third full week of May as “Classified School Employee Week” (CSEW).

President’s Message

Each year as I travel more extensively across this state, I meet even more great people who have devoted their careers to serving our public schools. We don’t do it for the money, or the glory. We do it because we get fulfillment by working with young people and having the opportunity to make their days a bit brighter and their lives more enriched. There is no doubt that “We are the Heartbeat of our Schools!”

Classified employees are vital to education

In the early morning of the school day, while the 8 million students of California public schools and community colleges are still asleep, classified school employees are already at work to make the day a success for them. Custodians do walkthroughs. Bus drivers inspect buses. Food service workers prepare meals. As students from Eureka to El Centro begin to pour into schools, classified employees welcome them.

CSEW events and activities

CSEA events and activities are being planned up and down the state to Celebrate Classified School Employee Week. Find out what’s happening in your area.

Videos: A Day in the Life

The television documentary series Inside California Education profiles classified employees and shows the vital contributions classified employees make.


Maria TapiaCSEA's Maria Tapia honored with national RISE Award
Maria Tapia, a Librarian at Ocean View Junior High School in Oxnard and president of CSEA's Ocean View Chapter 599 was honored in Washington, D.C. as one of the 2018 Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) Award winners.
California Department of EducationSix CSEA members named 2018 Classified Employees of the Year
CSEA members Chris Flores, Richard Carreon, Donna Silva, Lily Madrigal, Rosemary Batista and Loy Jean Estrada were honored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for their dedication to California’s public school students.
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2018 Community College Classified Employee of the Year Award

CSEA members James Forté and Sherri Suarez were among the four outstanding community college employees selected to receive the 2018 Community College Classified Employee of the Year Award.

Support school-friendly candidates on June 5

CSEA urges you to support candidates who champion public education, understand the importance of classified employees and have an established record of supporting working families.

Know your rights

Classified employees are afforded many basic rights by law or through collective bargaining. Learn about your rights on the job and what you can do to protect yourself if your rights are violated.

Classified School Employee Week 

California celebrates Classified School Employee Week May 20-26 and honor the contributions of classified school employees. From transporting and feeding students to teaching them vital skills and ensuring that schools are operating smoothly, classified employees are the heartbeat of our schools and community colleges.
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CSEA Annual Conference 

CSEA's 92nd Annual Conference will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center July 29 - Aug. 2, 2018 with pre-conference activities beginning on Sunday, July 29.

CSEA and the community

CSEA members are known for being active in the community. In many ways, that's what being a CSEA member is all about. Whether we’re working for local charities or volunteering in youth sports programs, we serve our communities with the same pride that we serve our students and schools.

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Aquarium of the Pacific

FREE Child Admission with purchase of adult
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CVT specializes in benefits for the education community.

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