421: Gifts to Employees

Policy reflects Minnesota statute and aligns with other District 270 policies.

I. PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to avoid the appearance of impropriety or the appearance of a conflict of interest with respect to gifts given to School District employees.

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY

A. The School District recognizes that students, parents, and others may wish to show appreciation to School District employees. It is the policy of the School District, however, to discourage gift-giving to employees, and to encourage individuals instead to write letters and notes of appreciation or to give small tokens of gratitude or apparel as memorabilia.

B. It is a violation of this policy for any employee to solicit, accept, or receive either by direct or indirect means, a gift from a student, parent, or other individual or organization of greater than nominal value.

C. It is a violation of this policy for any employee to solicit, accept, or receive a gift from a person or entity doing business with or seeking to do business with the School District. Employees may accept items of insignificant value of a promotional or public relations nature. The superintendent has discretion to determine what value is “insignificant.”

D. Teachers may accept from publishers free samples of textbooks and related teaching materials.

E. This policy applies only to gifts given to employees where the individual’s relationship with the employee arises out of the employee’s employment with the School District. It does not apply to gifts given to employees by personal friends, family members, other employees, or others unconnected to the employee’s employment with the School District.

III. DEFINITION

“Gift” means money, real or personal property, a service, a loan, a forbearance or forgiveness of indebtedness, or a promise of future employment, that is given without something of equal or greater value being received in return.

IV. PROCEDURES

Any employee considering the acceptance of a gift shall confer with the administration for guidance related to the interpretation and application of this policy.

V. VIOLATIONS

Employees who violate the provisions of this policy may be subject to discipline, which may include reprimand, suspension, and/or termination or discharge.

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Revised: Oct 23, 2008, April 24, 2014, February 20, 2018