– Updated September 21, 2021 –
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, except in the case where a donor or sponsor communicates to AdoptAClassroom.org in advance the donation was only intended for an educator at the specified school. Once supplies are ordered, they belong to the school they were shipped to. We suggest that teachers speak with their school principal to determine whether materials they ordered through AdoptAClassroom.org after February 1, 2019 may be taken with them if they are no longer employed by that school.
What happens if the teacher/educator I gave to is no longer at the school listed on their page when I donated?
Once a donation is processed, the funds will generally follow the educator to their next school, unless their donor or sponsor communicates to AdoptAClassroom.org in advance the donation is intended only for an educator at the specified 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. Contact [email protected] if you have questions.
For donors who would like to ensure a donation will benefit a school specifically, they may do so through the AdoptAClassroom.org School Program.
One of our teachers/educators is no longer employed here. Can we move their donation?
Supplies ordered by the educator 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.
How do I request a list of items purchased by our teachers?
As of February 1, 2019, upon request we can provide schools with a list of all materials purchased listed by teacher. Please contact [email protected] to request this report.