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Celebrate School and District Employees in May

Celebrate School and District Employees in May

There is something special about May. It’s a time when we take a step back to acknowledge and celebrate the many people in education who work hard to ensure students, educators, and families are thriving. A handwritten note of gratitude or a special word of thanks is always a welcome gift that your school or district employee will appreciate this month (and throughout the year). 

School Principals Day 

The month kicks off with School Principals Day on May 1. It’s a day to celebrate and learn more about educational leaders in elementary, middle, and high schools, and the work they do to create welcoming and safe school cultures for students, staff, and families. Find out how you can get your preliminary administrative services credential, the first step to becoming a school adminisitrator.

School Nutrition Employees Week

School Nutrition Employees Week is May 1-5 with School Lunch Hero Day landing on May 5 this year. This week is dedicated to acknowledging the creative, generous, and dedicated people on a school’s food service team. Food service professionals are committed to providing a quality, nutritious breakfast and lunch every day so students can focus on learning and growing. 

National Teacher Appreciation Week

National Teacher Appreciation Week falls on the first full week of May and begins May 8-12 this year. National Teacher Appreciation Day is May 9 and California Day of the Teacher is May 10. Every day teachers go above and beyond for their students, ensuring each child feels safe and supported. This week and these recognition days are an opportunity to let our certificated professionals in the classroom know they are appreciated and valued by the community. Learn how to become a teacher.

National School Nurse Day

National School Nurse Day is May 10. Falling within National Nurses Week, it’s a day set aside to learn more about how school nurses bridge health care and education and work to advance the well-being, academic success, and life-long achievements of all students. School nurses do a lot more than ice packs and adhesive bandages, but those go a long way to making a student feel safe and cared for at school. Find current health topics and other resources for school nurses

Classified School Employees Week

Classified School Employees Week is the third full week in May. This month falls on May 22 to 26. A classified employee is someone who works at a school, district, or county office in a position that doesn’t require certification. That includes office staff, communication professionals, bus drivers, custodians, business managers, technology staff, and paraprofessionals who support students. 

The end of the school year is a fitting time to honor the many people who make our schools great. It takes adults with a wide variety of skills and passion to ensure our young people’s safety in and out of the classroom, care for their physical and mental wellness, and work each day to prepare every child for ample choices in life. Browse school job openings at the San Diego County Office of Education and districts and schools across the county. 

Take a minute this month to thank one of the talented and dedicated school or district staff members who bring their unique strengths each day to support our students. 

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