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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.

President's Message: We are the Heartbeat of our Schools

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!”

History of Classified School Employee Week
In 1986, Senate Bill 1552 permanently solidified Classified School Employee Week as an annual week of statewide recognition.

About Classified Employees

Classified employees do the essential work that keeps our schools and community colleges up and running. These extraordinary workers keep our campuses safe, clean and efficient. Most importantly, they strive to improve the lives of our students every day.

Appreciating Classified Employees (ACE)

Under CSEA’s Appreciating Classified Employees (ACE) program, school district administrators and trustees have a chance to “walk a mile” in classified employees’ shoes.

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