California’s Legislature recognizes the important contributions of classified school employees and named the third full week of May “Classified School Employee Week” (CSEW) to honor these contributions.
Classified school employees play crucial roles in education. From transporting and feeding students to teaching them vital skills and ensuring that schools are operating smoothly, classified employees are integral to public education.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said, “They have their official duties and they also have smiles for the students. Our classified people are part of the overall school team. There is mutual respect and support between the administrators and the workers on the front line who do the day-to-day work.”
Most school districts host events to honor their classified employees during CSEW. Many have picnics and barbecues while others recognize outstanding employees with certificates and awards. Administrators said that it’s also important for parents to recognize how much classified employees contribute to local schools.
“I let parents know that our classified staff is an integral part of our team and how the district and school sites cannot operate without them,” said Modesto City Schools Superintendent Pam Able.