Public school teachers – teachers who work for school districts, regional schools, and charter schools -- are subject to the conflict of interest law, G. A single class gift worth up to 0, or several class gifts during the school year with a total value up to 0, may be given.
The following topics are covered: Question: My students’ parents want to give me an end-of-the-year gift. Teachers and other public employees may accept gifts that are worth less than , but they have to disclose in writing the fact that that they have done so if, based on the circumstances, a reasonable person would think that the teacher might unduly show favor to the giver or the giver’s child because of the gift. Under the exemption, the parents and students of a class, acting together, may give a gift worth up to 0 to a teacher, provided that the gift is identified only as being from the class, and the names of the givers and the amounts given are not identified to the teacher.
In some situations, a written disclosure must be made prior to travelling.
Teachers and other public employees may accept payment of travel expenses by another domestic public agency without making a disclosure. The regulation creating this exemption is 930 CMR 5.08(2)(c).
I have been asked to organize this year’s trip, and to accompany the students as a chaperone.The parents of the students who go on the trip will pay my travel expenses. Answer: Yes, provided that you fill out two disclosure forms, give them to your appointing authority, and obtain prior written approval of what you wish to do.One form must be done before you begin planning the trip, and the other must be done before you travel. Therefore, whether you may accept the gift depends on its value, and whether you must disclose a gift you are allowed to accept depends on the circumstances.A teacher may not accept any other gift from someone who has contributed to a class gift.
A field trip situation where a teacher chaperone’s travel expenses will be paid for by her employing district (or by the teacher herself) does not raise issues under the conflict of interest law.