Newton maintains a strict “no gift” policy for teachers and school employees. They are forbidden to accept personal gifts from individual families or students. Families are encouraged to contribute to the Thank Our Teachers Fund or to the Newton Schools Foundation in their teacher’s name instead.
Teachers do appreciate getting hand-made mementos such as drawings, collages and notes of appreciation from students. These items may come from individuals or from the group. Teachers are also permitted to receive purchased gifts from the class as a whole as long as these items are to be used in the classroom (value not to exceed $150). Many teachers maintain a “wish list” of needed classroom items.
Read more about the Massachusetts Teacher Gift Policy on the state portal.