Teachers work hard all year round, so why can’t we splurge on them with a well deserved treat?
This Christmas seems to be the year of the GRINCH!
Just this week we have shared the story of schools banning students from including candy canes and similar treats with their Christmas cards PLUS a call to ban reindeers at Christmas festivities. Top that off with a warning to parents to STOP lying to kids about Santa and Christmas is all but over as far as the Grinch is concerned.
Today I want to discuss with you the new policy regarding gifts for teachers this year.
A note in our school newsletter this week advises parents that teachers gifts should only be of token value (under $50) or it cannot be accepted in any circumstances.
Department of Education policy issued in November 2016 states,
Officers and employees should not expect to receive gifts, benefits or hospitality for doing a job they are paid by the public to do. In most situations, ‘thanks’ is enough.
You must never accept a gift, benefit or hospitality, token memento or modest refreshment in the following circumstances:
• It is money or money equivalent;
• A valuable object valued at $100 AUD or higher;
• You are a Government buyer and your acceptance may influence or be perceived to influence a procurement or disposal decision;
• You or your agency makes decisions or gives advice regarding the gift giver or are likely to in future and your acceptance may influence or be perceived to influence the decision or advice;
• Your acceptance may otherwise cause an actual, perceived or potential conflict of interest, or may be seen by other people as a reward or incentive.
Officers and employees should not expect to receive gifts, benefits or hospitality for doing a job they are paid by the public to do. In most situations, officers and employees should refuse gifts, benefits or hospitality if offered.
However, in limited circumstances, it may be appropriate to consider acceptance of a gift, benefit or hospitality , or a modest refreshment, if offered.
On discussion with my school it became very clear that it is not even possible for parents to combine their dollars and purchase a gift together.
What a sad world it is becoming.
Has your school cracked down on what you can gift teachers?
Do you splurge on your child’s teacher? Or just give them a little token gift?
Share your comments below.
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