The Board of Directors has established the following shopping policies (10/17/2017).
- Eligible teachers can shop ten (10) times from January to December each calendar year for merchandise to be used only for their own classroom needs.
- Both Teacher/Core Educational Staff and the school/organization must meet the following requirements:
- Teacher must be either:
- Full-time, certified pre-k thru 12th grade teachers (including art, gym and music teachers), principals/directors, vice-principals, media specialists, guidance counselors, instructional assistants, and student teachers with valid current school ID; OR
- instructional assistants and student teachers must have a letter from their supervising teacher authorizing shopping on behalf of said teacher; these shopping trips will count toward the total of the supervising teacher’s shopping trips.
- Contracted, long-term substitute teachers from eligible schools qualify, but must present letter of status from the principal from the eligible school; OR
- Full-time and core educational staff of wraparound educational services tied to eligible schools qualify (including director, site coordinators, and lead teachers).
- School/Organization must be:
- Kindergarten through 12th grade public, private, parochial and charter school in Muncie and Delaware County, IN; AND
- Recognized by the Indiana Department of Education. See IDOE Compass website https://compass.doe.in.gov/search.aspx. AND
- A high-priority school meaning 60% or more of the student population are on the free or reduced federal lunch program as reported by the Indiana Department of Education; OR
- A School located in Delaware County, Indiana; OR
- Wraparound educational services tied to eligible schools qualify, specifically Indiana Paths To Quality (PTQ) certified-levels 3 & 4 early educational facilities and preschools; and afterschool programs that follow the Indiana After school Network standards.
- Religious Sunday schools/programs and home schools are NOT included.
- High-priority schools will be given a designated time period to receive merchandise before other Delaware County schools or wrap around educational services organizations; the Executive Director and Store Managers will communicate and administer this process of distribution.
- Teachers who want an additional shopping trip can volunteer if the individual qualifies as an eligible teacher (see above) from an eligible school/organization (see above). The teacher is allowed one (1) shopping trip for every three (3) hours volunteered. A certificate will be given for each of these additional shopping trips with a maximum of four (4) certificates allowed per calendar year.
- Volunteers who DO NOT qualify as an eligible teacher from an eligible school/organization are not allowed to shop in the Store. This includes Board members or other such volunteers.
POLICY: Miscellaneous Shopping & Merchandise Use
I. Non-Teacher Volunteers
- Individuals or groups of individuals who volunteer at the Back To School Teachers Store for any reason or purpose may not shop or otherwise take merchandise from the Store.
- Non-Teacher individuals who have been issued shopping certificates prior to the enactment of the Teacher Shopping Policy may use these shopping certificates to shop only until December 31, 2017. After this date, the Back To School Teachers Store will no longer honor these Non-Teacher shopping certificates.
II. Damaged or Classroom-Inappropriate Merchandise Disposition
- The Executive Director and Store Managers will collectively decide, with the Executive Director having the final decision, to dispose of damaged merchandise by other means than to give to Teachers for classroom use. This damaged merchandise will be offered to the Back To School Teachers Store Board of Directors first then to Store Volunteers before final disposition to other non-youth-education non-profit organizations or trash.
- There may come, from time to time, a situation where merchandise is donated that is inappropriate for classroom use. In these instances, the Executive Director and Store Managers will collectively decide, with the Executive Director having the final decision, to dispose of the inappropriate merchandise by other means than to give to Teachers for classroom use. Examples of this type of disposal are, but not limited to: Parent-Teacher Organization/Family Night gift baskets, décor, or prizes; individual student classroom prizes; or fundraising efforts by the Back To School Teachers Store.