Gifts to School Personnel
Gifts from Vendors:
To avoid any conflict between personal interests and the interests of the school district in dealing with suppliers, contractors and all organizations or individuals doing or seeking to do business with the school district, the Board of Education prohibits employees from directly or indirectly soliciting gifts of any kind from vendors and prohibits employees from receiving gifts of more than nominal value from vendors.
Gifts from Parents to Teachers/Instructional Staff:
No employee may directly or indirectly solicit gifts of any kind from parents. However, the Board recognizes that some parents have a desire to express their appreciation of the work performed throughout the year by teachers and instructional staff through the giving of gifts.
In such cases, the Board strongly suggests that expression of gratitude and appreciation may be more appropriately expressed in non-monetary form (i.e. homemade crafts, baked goods, notes, etc.). If a monetary gift is to be given, it is suggested that it be in the form of a charitable donation. In all cases, no gift shall have a value in excess of fifty dollars ($50) or class gift of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250), or be accepted or received under circumstances in which it could reasonably be inferred that the gift was intended to influence the employee in the performance of his/her official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on his/her part.
Gifts to Members of the Board of Education:
No member of the Board of Education may directly or indirectly solicit gifts of any kind or receive gifts of more than nominal value in their capacity as Board members. A gift shall not include a political contribution that is otherwise reported, as required by law.
Gifts subject to this policy include money, services, loans, travel, entertainment, hospitality, or anything else of monetary value.
(cf. 8230 Conflict of Interest)
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes:
7-479 Conflicts of interest
Adopted: October 19, 1987
Revised: February 27, 2007