Frequently Asked Questions

(Updated 5/19/21) The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on CSEA members working in our public schools and community colleges. We understand that you have many questions regarding your rights, bargaining options and protecting your health. Learn More

Paid sick leave for employees impacted by COVID-19

(4/2/21) ​Senate Bill 95 (SB 95), provides supplemental paid sick leave for covered employees who are unable to work or telework due to certain reasons related to COVID-19. SB 95 provides all eligible full-time employees with the right to 80 hours paid leave (and part-time employees with a pro-rated portion of 80 hours) if unable to work due to the following COVID-19 causes. Learn More

State reopening agreement includes $456 million for paraeducators

(3/2/21) ​The Governor and the Legislature announced they have reached an agreement on reopening TK-12 schools for in-person instruction.

Vaccine distribution for K-12 school staff and childcare workers

(2/26/21) California is dedicating a minimum of 10 percent of vaccine supply to K-12 school staff and childcare workers, or an estimated 75,000 vaccines per week.

School Reopening Map

(2/18/21) The California Department of Public Health has released an interactive map showing which school districts are currently open for in-person instruction, remote learning or a hybrid version.

Safe Schools for All Hub

(1/14/21) Governor Newsom’s office launched the Safe Schools for All Hub as a one-stop shop for information about safe in-person instruction. The Safe Schools for All Hub consolidates key resources and information related to COVID-19 and schools. New resources will be added to the Hub on a routine basis.

Stimulus funding

(1/7/21) The second stimulus bill does NOT extend the paid leaves provided earlier in 2020 by the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, but merely extends some tax credits for private employers. The bill does augment unemployment benefits by $300/week for 11 weeks and extend unemployment benefits for independent contractors. The bill also provides a stimulus check of $600 per household member with certain income limits. Additional information about stimulus funding can be found on CSEA’s Coronavirus FAQ page.

New plan supports a safe return to in-person learning

(1/5/21) California’s Safe Schools for All Plan will use the latest science to minimize in-school transmissions and support a phased return to in-person instruction. Learn More


Vaccine priority for school employees

(1/4/21) COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The State is prioritizing vaccines for equitable distribution to everyone in California who wants it. The next group to qualify for vaccination includes those at risk of exposure at work in the following sectors: education, childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture. Learn More


Can my employer require I take the new vaccine?

(12/16/20) Yes, if it has bargained first with CSEA over such a requirement AND you do not have a disability or religious objection. If you do, your employer would by law have to first engage in an interactive process with you and provide reasonable accommodation. In many classified positions, the only accommodation achievable will be an unpaid leave of absence. Learn more about Health and Safety Issues on CSEA’s Coronavirus FAQ page.


More than 500 MOU chapter success stories in wake of COVID-19

(11/14/20) CSEA executive boards, negotiations teams, field staff, labor relations representatives and others have collaborated on drafting and negotiating more than 500 memorandums of understanding (MOUs) to create a safe work environment for classified employees. Learn More

“I’m In” Washable Mask

Choose between our original, centered logo, "I'm In" mask and our NEW and improved, Fossa Navy Blue mask. Each mask is $6.00 each and includes tax and shipping. Available for purchase in our e-store.