At its May 2 meeting, the Sacramento County Board of Education passed two resolutions that pay tribute to the outstanding work of teachers and classified school employees.
The Board has formally designated May 10, 2017 as California Day of the Teacher. The resolution (Resolution No. 17-07) states that the “Day of the Teacher should be a day for local education agencies, parents, public officials, and the community to recognize the dedication and commitment of teachers who are educating our children.”
Day of the Teacher is celebrated on the second Wednesday in May in accordance with California Education Code, and is patterned after the traditional “Día del Maestro” (“Day of the Teacher”) festivities observed in Mexico and other countries.
The many contributions of those who work in local schools and districts are also being recognized by the Board of Education, formally proclaiming the week of May 21–27, 2017 as Classified School Employee Week in Sacramento County. The resolution (Resolution No. 17-08) recognizes the services of these employees and states, “classified employees provide our organization with specialized skills and contribute to the educational excellence in our schools and programs day-in and day-out.”
In 1986, the California State Legislature declared the third full week of May as California Classified School Employee Week in recognition of the valuable role school employees play in providing for the welfare and safety of the state’s youth. Classified school employees include secretaries, clerks, financial analysts, custodians, paraprofessional educators, accounting technicians, bus drivers, food service workers, maintenance and warehouse workers, and many other support personnel.