Parents and other district residents and taxpayers shall be discouraged from the presentation of gifts to teachers and other district employees. Likewise, students shall not be permitted to present gifts to their teachers; except as such gifts represent small tokens of minimal monetary value as might be exchanged at classroom parties in observance of holidays. Students shall be reminded that a personal note of appreciation is preferable to any kind of gift giving. Teachers shall set a good example by not giving or accepting personal gifts to or from students, with such rare exceptions as, in the teachers’ judgment, do not overstep the boundaries of propriety.
Individual employees will refrain from giving gifts to staff members who exercise administrative or supervisory jurisdiction over them, either directly or indirectly. Generally, the collection of money for group gifts will be discouraged except in special circumstances such as bereavement, serious illness, or for mementos at retirement.
All employees of the Board are prohibited from accepting things of material value from companies or organizations doing business with the school district. Exceptions to this policy are the acceptance of minor items, which are generally distributed by the companies through public relations programs.
Under the general principle that school personnel should not use school facilities for private gain, employees shall not engage in profit making ventures that involve approaches to students enrolled in the district schools.
Therefore, in accordance with this principle, there shall be no solicitation of students by employees for the purpose of selling educational supplies, books, materials, or services of any kind.
No organization may solicit funds of staff members within the schools, nor may anyone distribute flyers nor other materials related to fund drives through the schools without the approval of the superintendent. Staff members will not be made responsible, nor will they assume responsibility for, the collection of any money or distribution of any fund drive literature within the schools unless such activity has the superintendent’s approval. The Board expects such activities to be kept to a minimum.
Current Practice Codified: 1978
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