May 21—27, 2017
California’s Legislature recognizes the important contributions of classified school employees and named the third full week of May “Classified School Employee Week” (CSEW) to honor these contributions.
Classified school employees are the everyday heroes who play a crucial roles in 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.
"Classified employees make schools work and they care for the students," says State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. "They have their official duties and they also have smiles for the students. Our classified people are part of the overall school team. There is a mutual respect and support between the administrators and the workers on the front line who do the day-to-day work."
From the time students board a school bus to the time they head home at the end of the day, every aspect of their educational experience is impacted by a classified school employee. From the classroom to the playground, the school cafeteria to the college financial aid office – classified employees make a difference in the daily life of student.
Just as classified employees are on the front lines working to ensure the safety and care of students at school, many are working to build better neighborhoods and communities as well. Whether they’re working for local charities or volunteering in youth sports programs, classified employees serve their communities with the same pride that they serve our students and schools.