STAFF GIFTS AND SOLICITATIONS
Gifts to Staff Members
Students, parents and other patrons of the district shall be discouraged from routine presentation of gifts to district employees. When a student feels a spontaneous desire to present a gift to a staff member, the gift shall not be elaborate or unduly expensive.
The Board of Education shall consider as always welcome and in most cases more appropriate, the writing of letters to staff members expressing gratitude or appreciation.
This is not to be interpreted as intended to discourage acts of generosity in unusual situations, and simple remembrances expressive of affection or gratitude shall not be regarded as violations of this policy.
Gifts by Teachers
The giving of gifts to students is generally discouraged. When, as at Christmas time, gifts are given to students, such gifts shall be very simple and inexpensive, and shall be given to every student in a similar relationship to the teacher.
In rare cases a gift of clothing or food may be given to a student in need, with the Building Principal's prior approval. Such gifts, however, are more appropriately and discreetly given by a teacher as a private citizen outside the school sphere.
Solicitation of Staff Members
The Board recognizes the potential value of solicitations of staff members for monetary contributions to worthy causes. At the same time, the Board feels a responsibility for protecting its employees from undue demands of outside agencies and from the social pressures exerted internally for contributions.
The Board will consider for approval, upon written request, proposals for solicitations from the school employees as a whole by recognized non-profit, non-denominational organizations. Such approval shall not be construed by anyone as a requirement by any employee to make a contribution. An approved organization may not express any expected amount of contribution.
Nothing in this policy precludes or limits any of the following:
1. Contributions by staff members as a private citizen for any purpose he/she chooses.
2. Solicitations for funds within an employee organization when approved by the leadership of that organization.
3. Solicitations of any employee sub-group, such as a building faculty, for funds for assistance or relief in the event of a local personal or community tragedy.
4. The solicitation of time and/or talent in a fund raising activity for the benefit of a non-profit, non-denominational organization or assistance or relief in the event of a local personal or community tragedy.
Solicitation by Staff Members
No teacher shall use his/her position to influence parents or students to purchase books or other merchandise if such influence results in personal financial gain.
This policy does not preclude the sale of books or merchandise at cost if such sale is approved by the Building Principal, or at a profit if such profit is for the benefit of an approved school organization.
Adoption date: January 1, 1993
Reviewed on: February 10, 2004