Employees may receive a gift on behalf of the school district.  Employees shall not, either directly or indirectly, solicit, accept or receive any gift, series of gifts or an honorarium from a donor who meet(s) the definition of "restricted donor" stated below.


A "restricted donor" is defined as a person or other entity which:


·        Is seeking to be, or is a party to, any one or any combination of sales, purchases, leases or contracts to, from or with the school district;

·        Will be directly and substantially affected financially by the performance or nonperformance of the employee's official duty in a way that is greater than the effect on the public generally or on a substantial class of persons to which the person belongs as a member of a profession, occupation, industry or region; or

·        Is a lobbyist or a client of a lobbyist with respect to matters within the school district's jurisdiction.


A "gift" is the giving of anything of value in return for which something of equal or greater value is not given or received.  Where a student feels a spontaneous desire to present a gift to a staff member, the gift shall not be elaborate or unduly expensive.


An "honorarium" is anything of value that is accepted by, or on behalf of, an employee as consideration for an appearance, speech or article. 


It shall be the responsibility of each employee to know when it is appropriate to accept or reject gifts or an honorarium.


Cross References:         402.03 Employee Conflict of Interest

                                    705.04 Gifts, Grants and Bequests













Policy                                                                           COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Adopted:   3/13/06____                                               Columbus, Nebraska

                                                                                    Reviewed:  11/9/09