By Woohyun Song
PLACENTIA, CA – According to the California School Employees Association (CSEA), ever since the California Senate Bill 1552 was passed in 1986, every year on the third week of May, the state of California celebrates Classified School Employee Week (CSEW). According to the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), classified employee positions are defined to be “every position not defined by the Education Code as requiring a certificate or credential and not specifically exempted”. This includes maintenance and construction workers, clerical staff, and technicians.
This week is significant because of the many important contributions that classified employees make for the many faculty and students in public education facilities. From providing meals and transportation to enabling them to have a functioning and smooth experience during their stay at school, classified employees are integral to a functioning learning environment.
These normal challenges that classified employees face have been furthered during the past year with the COVID-19 pandemic. The many different classified employees within the district, such as custodial staff, food service workers, bus drivers, office staff, technical staff, paraeducators, school safety officers, and many more have been keeping up with the state’s standards in efforts to both keep the virus at bay and provide the necessary support to students, faculty, and their families as needed.