School District Gift Policies

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  1. rfd1283

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    I'm trying to find information about teacher gift policies, but I'm running into dead ends. I find a lot of rules about teachers accepting gifts - what they can accept, the value of what they can accept, etc. But what about teachers giving gifts? Here's why I asked. A high school coach (who is also a teacher) gave a sports reporter for the local newspaper an expensive gift commemorating a championship season. The reporter accepted the gift and thanked them on Facebook. Someone notified the newspaper. As you might imagine, that's a clear cut violation of paper's ethical policies and gift policy. The Reporter has been suspended. But now I'm wondering if the coach/teacher did something wrong? School districts have rules against accepting gifts. But what about giving gifts??
     
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    That's strange but I don't see huge ethical issues there. Were school funds used to buy the gift?
     
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    It was a championship ring, that they get from the State Athletic Association. Good question about how it's paid for. I actually don't know. The parents? The Booster Club? Maybe the school chips in. I'll see if I could find that out.
     
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    Glad I work in a private school and don’t have to deal with this nonsense. I’ve accepted gifts from students valued anywhere from $5 to $500 and my fellow admin don’t care. For example, I routinely have students from each grade level who *each* give me $50 in cash around Christmas. Of course I’m going to accept it!
     
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    I work at a charter school. We have a gift giving policy written into our teacher handbook. I can't remember the limit (possibly $75?). As for giving gifts, my personal rule is if I give to one I have to give to all. This limits my budget immensely and I rarely give "gifts" more than standard school supplies and stickers. I have bought gifts for the class like a Wii (that was donated), books, and a class pet (the supplies for said class pet I got through a grant). (I remember one year I put together little gift bags for my class and one student opens it up and says "that's it?".... that was the last time I did that!)
     

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