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Posted on March 9, 2015 3:15 pm
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yPyjeW
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Gifts
I am a music teacher. I keep my students most of the time for 3 full years. In addition, I teach many of their siblings. I am the only guitar teacher in my county, and therefore, my course is extremely popular, and in many cases, I will have two or more siblings from the same family over the course of years. My problem is that because I do get closer to my students' families, they often send in gifts for various occasions or holidays. Our code of ethics states that educator's may not accept gifts in any form from students or parents. How do I handle this?
 
     
     
 
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Posted March 9, 2015 5:36 pm

ySyNyQ
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I have never heard of receiving gifts as being part of a code of ethics. At my school, we receive many gifts for Christmas and Teacher Appreciation Week. I, personally, do not see any negative effects of receiving a gift from a student that is simply thanking a teacher. Of course, the gift should be appropriate and have a specific reason behind it, not just because. However, because it is a part of your school's code of ethics, I would simply explain to the student, and parents if needed, that it is against school rules for you to accept gifts from a student. Express great thanks and appreciation for the thoughtfulness but explain that it could potentially get you in to trouble.
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Solution 2
Posted March 9, 2015 10:13 pm

yPyhaN
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At my school we are allowed to receive gifts from parents and students. I have never had the issue of receiving an inappropriate gift. If my school did not allow gifts, I would make sure when the first big holiday rolled around I would send out a letter to all the parents explaining the situation. I am sure most parents would understand.
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Solution 3
Posted March 15, 2015 6:12 pm

XyGady
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It is important to understand your district's policy on accepting gifts. I have parents buy me gifts all the time. However, I make sure to convey to them the county's policy on this matter and that my rejection of this gift is not reflected of any personal beliefs of my own, but of the county's policy.
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Solution 4
Posted February 28, 2016 5:03 am

buteJy
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I have worked in several schools and gifts were never an ethics violation. However, if necessary, I would inform all parents at the beginning of the year that gifts could not be accepted. Reminders close to big holidays would be helpful.
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Solution 5
Posted March 15, 2015 3:37 pm

eRuPeT
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It is appropriate to receive gifts of thanks, but not gifts for a payment of a service outside of school while that child is under your charge. For example, tutoring one of your students at the students home and you get paid for it.
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