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Coronavirus and school employees

Ben Valdepeña Association President


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would like to update you on how CSEA is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we are doing to protect your rights during this unprecedented crisis.

Yesterday, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order for all Californians to stay at home. This will close all schools in the state. Certain school programs have been deemed essential and are still functioning to benefit our students. We have many members in food services and transportation working valiantly to make sure children receive meals. Custodial staff have also done heroic work to slow the spread of the virus by cleaning and disinfecting schools around the state. Other essential work has also been performed to support our students as they move online and into our new education reality. Thank you for all that you do!

The Governor’s stay-at-home order has also closed CSEA Headquarters and all Field Offices, which means staff are working remotely. During this time, they will continue to provide full services to our membership. All of our current trainings and events are canceled, but we are exploring alternative methods to stay connected. We are holding our March Board of Directors meeting online using a video conferencing platform. All local meetings will need to be postponed as well or held via video and phone conferencing.

In Sacramento, our Governmental Relations staff has been in regular communication with the Governor’s office and the State Superintendent’s office. CSEA worked with the Governor’s staff to make sure schools will get ADA funding during closures, so classified employees and other school staff can still get paid. Because every chapter needs its own agreement, CSEA labor relations representatives and local negotiating teams are working with districts all around the state to ensure our members continue to receive their pay and benefits.

Understandably, our members have many questions right now. They are asking about everything from their pay status during school closures to making sure their rights are protected. Others simply want to know how to keep their families and loved ones safe.

On the CSEA website, we have posted multiple resources as well as answers to some of our members’ frequently asked questions. This FAQ will be updated as new information becomes available, so check back regularly.

These days, we hear a lot about communities coming together in the face of adversity. For CSEA members, this is what we do best. Continue to take care of yourselves and take care of each other. We are all in this together.

In Solidarity,

Ben Valdepeña
Association President
California School Employees Association

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild to moderate respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

In some cases, COVID-19 can cause more severe respiratory illness.

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