Classified School Employee Week (CSEW)

Celebrate CSEW May 21-27, 2023

Each May, California salutes the important contributions of classified school employees during Classified School Employee Week (CSEW). This year, we are celebrating the theme Classified Professionals: Indispensable, Inspiring & Invincible.

"Classified School Employee Week is when our colleagues and community honor our hard work and dedication to our students," said Association President Adam Weinberger. "We are used to working behind the scenes, but this is our time to be celebrated! I hope you and your chapter do something special for CSEW, whether a job-shadow event with administrators or a get-together with your fellow CSEA members. Please take the time to express your appreciation for each other and show your school community that classified employees are Indispensable, Inspiring and Invincible!"

Classified employees have earned respect as educators and partners in the education community. More importantly, they have become recognized as the essential frontline workers who keep our schools up and running while making a difference in the lives of the students they serve. 

  • Custodial and maintenance staff keep our campuses clean and safe.
  • Bus drivers and transportation staff get students to school safely.
  • Office staff meet the needs of students, parents and administrators.
  • Food service workers keep students fed and ready to learn.
  • Technical staff keep everyone connected and online.
  • Paraeducators support students and help them overcome new challenges.
  • School safety officers keep our schoolgrounds safe and secure.

“Meeting students’ basic needs as well as their social and emotional needs has been more important than ever,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “Thankfully, our classified employees have made heroic efforts to step up and support California’s students so they can continue to learn.”


CSEW Promotional Items

Show your classified pride with CSEW swag. Choose from an array of promotional items to celebrate CSEW, including t-shirts, water bottles and more. Order online from the CSEA Store.

CSEW Resolution for School Boards

CSEA leaders can ask community college district board of trustees adopt resolutions to recognize Classified School Employee Week (CSEW) and celebrate the work of classified employees. We have a letter and sample resolution that is ready to use.

CSEW Resolution

About Classified School Employee Week

In 1986, California Senate Bill 1552 (Campbell) established the third week of each May as Classified School Employee Week in order to recognize the vital contributions of classified employees.