Winter Storms Can Be Challenging For Support Professionals In Schools

Crestwood Educational Support Professional Association (CESPA) who are the secretaries, classroom aides and monitors, maintenance people, cafeteria workers, custodians and others who provide invaluable services to the Crestwood School District.

This winter has been very challenging not only to our teachers, administrators, but also for the educational support professionals who are integral to the schools operating.

Rose Sturgeon, a school paraprofessional and president of the Crestwood Educational Support Professionals Association stated, “I would like to acknowledge all of the support staff for managing all the challenges caused by this disruptive winter weather, which makes the duties of keeping the school district running very difficult. Although the support staff members remain behind the scenes, it’s their dedication to the students that keeps our schools open.”

For example, the cafeteria staff has to redo our menus for the students based on the new time constraints when there is a school delay, secretaries have double the amount of calls to answer on weather related issues in regards to the schools opening later or closing early, and paraprofessionals have to reassure and redirect students who have difficulties with all these schedule changes.

Sturgeon explained, “Crestwood is one of the few school districts that have kept on schedule with the school days because our custodians arrive very early before their regular shift sometimes when the temperatures are below 10 degrees to keep the parking lots, sidewalks, steps, and all entranceways clear of snow and then they work their normal day. Although the support staff members remain behind the scenes, it’s their dedication to the students that helps keep our schools open and running somewhat normally during this harsh winter,” said Sturgeon.