IN OUR OWN WORDS: CSEA Reopening Video Project


As paraeducators, bus drivers and monitors, secretaries, custodians, and other school staff  we know what it takes to create a safe, healthy educational environment. School districts and the State of Connecticut are cutting corners on student and staff safety in their reopening plans. Parents are confused and wondering what the school day will mean for their children.

The CSEA “In our own words” video project will educate parents, coworkers, and other members of the community about the possible dangers of rushing school reopening without proper health and safety measures in place. CSEA members, speaking in their own words, will record short videos about school reopening. Those videos will be used in a variety of ways, including social media or other advertising, presentations to decision makers and allies, and member education.


How to Participate

  1. Decide what you think parents and others in the community should know about school reopening. You can find some ideas and tips on the next page.
  1. Make a short video of yourself talking about your concerns on your phone, tablet, computer, or other device.
  1. Upload the video to CSEA. You will be asked to sign a short release so we can use the video. [upload instructions coming soon]
  1. Talk to your coworkers and ask them to make their own videos!



  • A specific piece of the reopening plan (personal care needs, bus procedures, etc.)  that won’t work as planned, and why it won’t work
  • Your health and safety concerns for students and staff, and/or why you think a full reopening can’t be done safely
  • The important work you do and how it contributes to student wellbeing and development
  • Examples of your school district not meeting public health guidelines or cutting corners
  • The need for state funding guarantees to make reopening work
  • How you could play an important role in distance learning



IMPORTANT: Start your video by saying your NAME, JOB TITLE, and WHERE YOU WORK

  • Try to to keep your video to a minute or less. Long videos are big files and may be difficult to transfer.
  • Hold your phone in landscape (sideways) orientation for a wider video
  • Light sources should be in front of you, not behind you. When you are in front of a window or other light source everything else in the video will appear dark.
  • Make your video in a place that you are comfortable and that you don’t mind others seeing. Remember that your video or a part of it may be used publicly.
  • Hold your phone or other device steady. Don’t walk around or shake the device if you can avoid it.
  • Make your video in a quiet place if possible. 
  • Focus on talking about  one or two things only. A video that tries to cover everything doesn’t cover anything.

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