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Two questions about giftcard for teachers

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Two questions about giftcard for teachers

My son is taking online course and we want to show the appreciation to his teachers, but since it is online course and we don't meet, so we want to send amazon E-GC to his teachers. I have two questions

1: Is it appropriate that we send Amazon GC link to teacher's school email?
2: Is 50 dollar appropriate for them to accept? I certainly don't want to get them into trouble.

Thanks
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I'm surprised teachers are allowed to accept gifts given that corporation have such strict policy. Generally we can't accept anything $25 value or more without permission and anything larger generally is shared with rest of the team.
Hopefully a teacher chimes in and gives the information relevant
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smartie wrote: My son is taking online course and we want to show the appreciation to his teachers, but since it is online course and we don't meet, so we want to send amazon E-GC to his teachers. I have two questions

1: Is it appropriate that we send Amazon GC link to teacher's school email?
2: Is 50 dollar appropriate for them to accept? I certainly don't want to get them into trouble.

Thanks
My 2 cents : 1) yes 2) too much.
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I am a teacher and agree that $50 is too much... a gift of $10-$15 would be more than generous enough. Another idea would be to make a donation to a charity you believe they would support in their name.
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Caretr wrote: I am a teacher and agree that $50 is too much... a gift of $10-$15 would be more than generous enough. Another idea would be to make a donation to a charity you believe they would support in their name.
What I want to know is by policy, is 50 above the limit? Or no policy at all?
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I believe that all school boards have different policies. I work at a small school located at a children’s hospital in Ontario. We are not allowed to accept gifts valued more than $15.00... unless it is something that can be shared with the entire school team.
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Teacher here. There is no policy. Our parents come from all walks of life. $20 to some would be throwaway money. For others, it would be barely enough to feed a big family a meal. Send the teacher what you want, they will appreciate it greatly. I've been given everything from homemade baking to $5 Tim's cards... it is the thought that counts.
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jayoldschool wrote: Teacher here. There is no policy. Our parents come from all walks of life. $20 to some would be throwaway money. For others, it would be barely enough to feed a big family a meal. Send the teacher what you want, they will appreciate it greatly. I've been given everything from homemade baking to $5 Tim's cards... it is the thought that counts.
Thanks!

I usually gave grocery stores or gas stations GC, but this year is so different, so amazon E GC is come in handy

Thanks
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1: yes
2: depends on where you live. There’s no policy in my board (YRDSB) and I’d be surprised if there were a policy in any of the large boards. The most I’ve received is a $100 prepaid cc one time. I’ve received a few gift cards around $50 over the years.
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OntEdTchr wrote: 1: yes
2: depends on where you live. There’s no policy in my board (YRDSB) and I’d be surprised if there were a policy in any of the large boards. The most I’ve received is a $100 prepaid cc one time. I’ve received a few gift cards around $50 over the years.
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Yes, York region
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There is no policy really in 95% of the school boards in Ontario.

I have seen teachers get $100 GCs, Bottles of Champagne, and other cool gifts during Christmas/End of School Year moments.

Do what is comfortable to you, and what you feel you can afford.
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We always send something $25-30. Last few years we sent usb rechargable heating blocks for yard duty.

This year our son made his teacher a card and we sent a $25 door dash gift card for her to social distance a meal during the break.
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JetLi wrote: We always send something $25-30. Last few years we sent usb rechargable heating blocks for years duty.

This year our son made his teacher a card and we sent a $25 door dash gift card for her to social distance a meal during the break.
25 is probably a good number. We usually give multiple GC at 25-30 before, but since this year is online course, so my son didn't have that many teachers to give, so 50
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I’m a teacher and generally gifts range from $10-$25. I teach high school so it’s a bit different than elementary.
There is no policy really.

My friend teaches at a private school. She totalled her gifts up last year and it was over $1000.
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smartie wrote: 25 is probably a good number. We usually give multiple GC at 25-30 before, but since this year is online course, so my son didn't have that many teachers to give, so 50
I don't think it matters too much. Every family comes from different backgrounds and every situation is different. My sister is a teacher and one of her prized gifts is a macaroni model of her from a kid who has a learning disability. It's more about the gesture.
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Kiraly wrote: When I taught high school I got liquor from a student once...that was the best!
I have heard this too. However, I also heard alcohol was a bad gift if they or their families have a drinking problem or don’t drink. I always stayed away from booze for this reason, unless I knew the teacher really well.
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We have 3 kids in YRDSB, we have been giving $50 prepaid VISA or Mastercard over the years.

To a couple of teachers we have given $100 GC over the years.

The way these teachers have affected our children, I think $50-$100 per year is the least we can do. I am only referring to how my wife and I feel about our children's experiences with their teachers.
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