Classified School Employee Week
May 16–22, 2021
California officially recognizes the important contributions of classified school employees each May during Classified School Employee Week.
Essential Workers: Getting it Done
Each May, California salutes the important contributions of classified school employees during “Classified School Employee Week” (CSEW).
In a typical year, classified employees are recognized as integral to the success of students and public education. From transporting and feeding students to teaching them vital skills and ensuring that schools and community colleges are operating smoothly, classified employees have earned respect as educators and partners in the education community.
This year, however, classified employees have stepped up to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and proven to be essential workers serving our students and schools like never before.
“This has been an extremely difficult year, and meeting students’ basic needs as well as their social and emotional needs has been more important than ever. Thankfully, our classified employees have made heroic efforts to step up and support California’s students so they can continue to learn.”
– Tony Thurmond,
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Custodial staff have kept our campuses clean and safe from a deadly virus. Food service workers have prepared meals for students and other community members in need of food. Bus drivers have delivered books and meals to students. Office staff have worked diligently to connect teachers with students studying remotely, while technical staff have equipped them with the technology they need to learn. Paraeducators are supporting students as they overcome the challenges of distance learning. Meanwhile, school safety officers and other classified workers are patrolling our schoolgrounds to keep them safe and secure.
No matter what their role is classified employees are the Essential Workers, Getting it Done.
In 1986, California Senate Bill 1552 (Campbell) established the third week of each May as Classified School Employee Week in order to recognize the vital contributions of classified employees.
CSEW Items: Celebrate with style
CSEA has all the gear you need to show off your classified pride. Order tee shirts, cups, balloons and more in our E-Store.
Host a local ACE event
CSEA’s Appreciating Classified Employees (ACE) program is an excellent way to celebrate CSEW. Chapter leaders can organize their own ACE event, where administrators (such as superintendents and principals), elected officials, PTA members and more are invited to job shadow classified employees. Learn how to host your own ACE event