Oregon schools couldn’t open their doors without classified. In classrooms, buses, offices, libraries, cafeterias and playgrounds, we keep students safe and help them learn. Now, the Legislature has created a law that names the first full week in March “Classified School Employees Week.” We no longer need a special proclamation from the governor each year. This week-long celebration of classified professionals provides much-needed recognition for the hardest working staff in our schools. It also raises awareness in our communities about who we are, what we do and why we are essential for quality education.