The shared mission of the CCSD PTOs is for the direct educational enhancement of our students. While we appreciate our teachers greatly, the IRS doesn’t allow us to use our tax exempt funds for anything other than our students per the mission created in 1993. In the spirit of supporting the students through our teachers - most of our school PTOs are very generous when financially able - and offer teacher grants to be expended within the IRS mission. This allows the teachers to expand their classroom budget and buy things with their grant to enhance their ability to educate which is a direct impact on our students. These grants are appreciated by the teaching staff immensely.
The PTOs are not able to financially support the teachers or any person individually in any way - including using tax exempt funds for gift cards or money or other gifts. Those items must be handled like room parents handle classroom parties and activities - through a parent volunteer. The PTO may use their voice and communication means to spread the word on non-mission activities within their schools (always with the blessings of their principal.)
When utilizing your voice, please ensure you have followed the 3 rules below - as well as reproduced the following in your email or posting:
1. This is not a PTO event.
2. The money given will not be tax deductible.
3. The PTO cannot deposit any funds into their account from this event.
Then direct them to the appropriate channels.
Please note: PTOs can support paraprofessionals and teacher assistant’s due to their status as an “at will” employee of the school district. This funding is never directed at an individual but granted to the school through the school district.
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