The Summer Bridge Fund (also called the Classified School Employee Summer Assistance Program) gives eligible classified school workers the opportunity to save money from their paychecks during the school year and receive up to a dollar-for-dollar match from the state during the summer break when work is not available.

Applications to participate in the program in the 2022-23 school year are now being accepted and must be returned to your employer by March 1, 2021. Please note that even if you are participating in the program for the 2021-22 school year, you must reapply for 2022-23.

Non-LAUSD Employees
LAUSD Employees

Where and by when do I return the application?

Your school district should have notified you of the application process and instructions for returning the completed form. See the table below for district-specific instructions on applying.

At school districts that are accepting applications via U.S. Mail, it is recommended that you send your application via Registered Mail so that you have a record of it being sent and received. If you are submitting your application online, be sure to save any emails from the district or take screen shots of confirmation of receipt.

Won With the Strength of 99 Members for All California School Employees

For seven long years, SEIU Local 99 members fought for, and eventually won legislation and secured funding in the state budget for the Classified Employees Summer Bridge Fund in 2018. To get there, hundreds of members braved yearly “Midnight Ride” trips—weekday overnight bus trips to Sacramento—to raise awareness with legislators about our struggles and gain their support for summer relief bills we’ve pushed through those years. It was our collective power and influence that made the Summer Bridge program possible.

Our Fight for Economic Justice in Photos

Pictured here are SEIU Local 99 Members on June 11, 2011 in one of our earliest lobby trips to educate legislators on the unjust summer recess struggles faced by classified school workers.

See more pictures from past Midnight Ride lobby trips
2011 | 2012 | 5/2013 | 8/2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

See Our Summer Bridge Fund Page
Employer & Deadline to Apply Return Instructions

Compton Unified

March 1 by 5 pm

Fill out the Employee Election Form to Participate in the CSESAP included in the Dec. 17 memo sent to all 10 and 11 month employees, and submit it to Chandra Ellington in Human Resources.

You can find the memo here.

Hacienda La Puente Unified

March 1 by 5 pm

Email the application to [email protected] or send it via district pony. (recommended)

Or mail to:

Hacienda La Puente Unified Finance/Payroll Department
15959 E. Gale Ave.
City Of Industry, CA 91745

Los Angeles Unified (LAUSD)

March 1 by 11:59 pm

Apply online here

For questions, please contact LAUSD’s Payroll Customer Services at 213-241-2570, Monday-Friday 8-4:30M or via email at [email protected]

Lynwood Unified

March 1 by 4 pm

Drop off the application at the Benefits & Risk Department drop box located at the Lynwood District Office – 11321 Bullis Rd, Lynwood, CA 90262

The Benefits & Risk Department will hold two workshops on the CSESAP—Jan. 26 and Feb. 23 at 3 pm—at the district office. See this flyer for more information.

If you have questions and to confirm your application was received, please contact Neka Anderson, Benefits & Risk Analyst at (310) 886-1600 extension 8283 or La’Trice Harris, Benefits & Risk Manager at (310) 886-1600 extension 8259.

Santa Monica Malibu Unified

March 1 by 5 pm

Email application to Lisa Andersen at [email protected]. (recommended)

Or mail to:

SMMUSD Human Resources Department
1651 16th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Torrance Unified

March 1

Email application to Ronnie Maglonzo at [email protected].

Or

Drop it off at District office, Payroll at 2335 Plaza del Amo.

Call Ronnie at 310-972-6022 no earlier than 48 hours after drop off to ensure your application has been received.

Who is eligible for Summer Bridge benefits?

Classified school employees are eligible for the summer bridge program if you work 11 months or less per year and earn less than $62,400/year working for the school district and do not work the summer session.

If you work the summer session with the school district, you are not eligible for the summer bridge program even if you earn less than $62,400/year. This is because the Summer Bridge Fund was created as a safety net to help classified employees make it through the summer months when there is no work available. It is not meant to replace summer session work. While the decision to work during the summer session is up to each member, keep in mind that if you accept a summer assignment with the school district, you will earn more than if you contribute to the Summer Bridge Fund. However, you can work outside the school district during the summer and still be eligible even if the total income from your school district and non-school district jobs is more than $62,400/year.

If you work for a limited time for the school district during the months of June, July, and August as part of your regular school-year assignment (not summer session) you are still eligible to participate in the program.

You may opt-out of the program at any time during the school year if you are experiencing personal or financial hardship.

See More Eligibility Information