National School Bus Safety Week

October 20–24, 2014 


Schools around the country will recognize 2014 School Bus Safety Week, celebrating the theme: “At My Stop, You Stop!”

Studies have proven that the most dangerous part of the school bus ride for children is when they get on and off the bus. Remember to pay close attention to school buses when you see them driving on the street and teach children how to be safe when boarding and exiting the bus.

Ally-cxCSEA is a leader in advocating for student safety in California, including sponsoring the 1968 law that requires all buses to carry the “Stop when Red Lights Flash” sign.

CSEA is proud to represent more than 8,500 school bus drivers and other transportation workers. These dedicated employees ensure that school buses remain the safest form of transportation in America. According to the National Safety Council, school buses are 172 times safer than the family car.

School Transportation Professionals:

mech_csea_293From winding country roads to busy city streets, school bus drivers carry the most precious cargo: our children. School bus drivers, mechanics and other school transportation personnel are the safest and most qualified in the state.

They also care about the kids and the community. Bus drivers know that parents want the peace of mind that comes from trusting the person behind the wheel of the big yellow bus.

School bus drivers volunteer for more training than any other drivers in the state, and they are all required to pass an extensive background check before they receive a license to drive a school bus.

Getting kids to and from school safely and on schedule makes bus drivers, mechanics and other transportation personnel an integral part of our schools and our communities.

What we do:

Transportation Professionals (PDF 133KB)
Bus drivers are the people who make sure that students get to school and back home safely every day. They are the first school workers to greet students in the morning and the last to wave goodbye to them in the afternoon.

Auto Mechanics (PDF 623 KB)
Handling everything from routine maintenance to major overhauls, district mechanics ensure that maintenance equipment, school buses and other vehicles used for transporting students and staff operate smoothly and safely. The preventive maintenance they perform on a daily basis saves school districts money on costly repairs and equipment replacement.

Oct. 13-17, 2014, Is National School Lunch Week

More than 29 million children eat lunch at public schools everyday. It’s time to pay tribute to the wonderful workers who help make this possible. Join CSEA in celebrating National School Lunch Week Oct. 13-17.

Research shows that good nutrition enables students to meet their educational and physical potential. However, it’s the people in the kitchens that really make the state’s food programs work. CSEA is proud to represent thousands of food service employees statewide.

National School Lunch Week was created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy—16 years after President Harry Truman signed the National School Lunch Act into law.

“The well nourished school child is a better student.” Truman said. “He is healthier and more alert. He is developing good food habits that will benefit him for the rest of his life. In short, he is a better asset for his country in every way.”

Food Service Professionals

Our school cafeterias, food preparation centers and the caring employees who work in them all play a critical role in the educational process by providing nutritious meals for children.

Cooks, servers, clerks and delivery drivers all work hard to cut costs and maintain efficient, safe and healthy food service programs. In fact, more than 95 percent of all California school menus analyzed by the government met or exceeded federal targets for important vitamins and nutrients.

Many times the meal students receive at school are the best or only meal they will get each day. Without food, they cannot learn. Research shows good nutrition enables students to meet their educational and physical potential.

Our schools serve more meals each day than all the restaurants in the state. However, it’s the people in the kitchens who really make the state’s food programs work. Food service workers prepare meals for thousands of students and then serve it and even clean up afterwards.

What we do:

Food Service Professionals (PDF 154KB) Food service professionals make sure that everything the students eat meets nutritional guidelines and is savory and presentable. They are in charge of keeping the cafeteria, kitchen, cooking equipment and utensils clean and in orderly condition.

Who’s Cooking School Lunch?

Award-winning cookbook authors Georgeanne Brennan and Ann Evans have provided innovative and successful professional development to California school districts interested in cooking from scratch. After hearing compelling stories from frontline cooks, they decided to celebrate the lives of these extraordinary people who are cooking school lunch. They launched the Who’s Cooking School Lunch? blog in 2012. In 2013, they added an interactive element to allow school food service workers to communicate with each other.


Chapter Meeting Reminder For October 2014

CSEA_LOGOsmCSEA_LOGOsmDo you have questions about the details of your job?

Would you like to participate on Interview Panels?


Come learn more.

When: Monday
Oct 13, 2014
5:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Site Reps are welcome at 4:45  to ask questions and pick up information. Information on upcoming elections on November 4, 2014 will be available.

Save the date: 12/8/14 CalPERS President Rob Feckner is coming to speak 5:15pm-5:45pm District Board RoomRead More

Where: Professional Development Academy ( ESC )

4999 Casa Loma
in the city of Yorba Linda


Interview Committee Training – October 21, 2014

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Chapter #293 Presents

Interview Committee Training


CSEA_educational_workshopWant to participate on Interview Panels?

Come learn more.

Must be a chapter member.


When: Tues. Oct 21st 5:30pm – 8PM

Where: Professional Development Academy (ESC)

4999 Casa Loma, Yorba Linda

Please RSVP to

Chris Lawyer

(714) 615-0896 or Email:

Dinner Provided for those who RSVP

(Dinner starts at 5:30pm, class begins at 5:45pm)


Know Your Rights Seminar – October 28, 2014

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(Part time and Full time workers)

Join us for a free CSEA

“Know Your Rights Seminar”

All department welcome including Child Care, Food Services, Special Ed Aides, Clerical, Custodial, Security, Transportation

What to know more about… KYR_training

Promotions, Evaluations, Personnel File, Vacation Scheduling, Leaves, Hours of Employment, Layoffs, Grievances and most importantly…

“Unit member rights”.


Join us for a fun filled seminar while you learn what classified employee rights you have!


WHEN: Oct. 28 Tuesday Evening

WHERE: PDA (Educational Service Center) 4999 Casa Loma Ave

TIME: 6:00pm to 8:30pm (dinner included if you RSVP – only 40 seats available)

This seminar will book up. RSVP early!


Please RSVP by Oct. 24 to Chris Lawyer

at cell/text (714) 615-0896 or