Teacher Gift Policy Review

As we head into the end of the year, it is natural that many parents are interested in thanking the staff at Bonny Slope. 

Confused about the recent changes in gift giving rules?  Here's the Beaverton School District’s message, in their own words:

We are fortunate in the Beaverton School District that students and parents/guardians hold our teachers and staff in high regard. This alone is a significant acknowledgement and sign of respect. 
At times, parents may wish to give a gift to a classroom teacher or other staff member. Doing so puts our staff in a difficult ethical situation. District employees are subject to Oregon ethics laws that govern the receipt by employees of gifts that may not exceed $50.00 from any individual giver on an annual basis. 
Employees must be aware of any gifts they are offered or received from any source. Parents/guardians should refrain from giving gift cards or other items of significant value to our staff. 
Instead, we encourage you to write a note of thanks to the classroom teacher or staff member. We appreciate your understanding and as always, your ongoing support. Thank you.

Still not sure?  Here’s a quick low-down:

  • Teachers cannot accept gifts higher in value than $50 from a single source in a calendar year.
  • A class gift is considered a single source, therefore a class gift cannot be valued at more than $50.   A class purchasing multiple gift cards of $50 does not circumvent these ethics rules.
  • Any individual is also considered a single source and can give a gift up to a $50 value in a calendar year.