– Updated December 2018 –
What is the policy change?
Effective February 1, 2019, the school listed on the teacher’s AdoptAClassroom.org classroom page when an order is placed will be deemed to be the owner of any materials donated through AdoptAClassroom.org. Schools and districts may also request a full list of items ordered, listed by teacher. (Previously, AdoptAClassroom.org’s policy was that ownership of materials was with the teacher, and reporting was not available to schools or districts).
Why is this policy change necessary?
This change was made in response to new school district policies implemented over the past several years that have prevented teachers from using AdoptAClassroom.org’s services due to our ownership of materials policy. Also, the crowdfunding best practice guidelines published by the AASA: The Schools Superintendents Association, specifically referenced this ownership of materials policy as a key criteria for acceptable crowdfunding tools to be used by teachers.
In order to ensure that AdoptAClassroom.org remains available to as many teachers as possible, we felt that it was important for us to alter our policy to comply with AASA guidelines, and with the changing policies of school districts across the country.
We know that many schools and districts do allow teachers to own the supplies they fundraise to obtain, and to take those supplies with them in the event that they change schools. While other schools and districts would like to keep these items for the next teacher they employ. Our new policy leaves that final decision to school administrators to do what is right for their own teachers, schools and districts.
How was this decision made to change the policy?
AdoptAClassroom.org made this decision in fall 2018 after careful consideration and with input from our staff, Board of Directors, and our Teacher Advisory Board.
When will this policy change take effect?
The new policy will apply to all teacher orders placed on or after February 1, 2019. Orders placed through AdoptAClassroom.org prior to that date will be subject to our old policy, with ownership of materials deemed to be with the teacher.
What happens to my supplies if I change schools?
Any unspent donation(s) in your AdoptAClassroom.org account can still be used by you if you change schools. However, once supplies are ordered, they belong to the school they were shipped to. We suggest that you speak with your school principal to determine whether materials you ordered through AdoptAClassroom.org after February 1, 2019 may be taken with you if you are no longer employed by that school.
What happens if the teacher I gave to is no longer at the school I donated to?
Once a donation is processed, the funds will follow the teacher to their next school. Supplies ordered by the teacher are shipped to their current school and are deemed to be the property of the school they were shipped to.
For donors who would like to make a donation to benefit a school specifically, rather than an individual teacher who might leave that school before the donated funds are spent, they may do so through the AdoptAClassroom.org School Program.
One of our teachers is no longer employed here. Can we move their donation?
Once a donation is processed, the funds will follow the teacher to their next school. In the case where a teacher moved schools and the school would like to give their donation to their replacement teacher, we can move a donation with the teacher’s written consent via email from the address associated with their AdoptAClassroom.org account. It is the teacher’s decision if they would prefer to keep the donation to use for supplies at their new school.
Supplies ordered by the teacher are shipped to their current school and are the property of the school they were shipped to.
In the case a donor would like to give to benefit a school specifically, they can do so through the AdoptAClassroom.org School Program (launching in 2019).
How do I request a list of items purchased by our teachers?
As of February 1, 2019, on an annual basis upon request, we can provide schools with a list of all materials purchased listed by teacher. Please contact [email protected] to request this report. Reports will be sent in August 2019 to include purchases from the prior school year (February 1 – June 30, 2019).