My friends and I were discussing year end gifts for teachers this weekend and a bit of a disagreement ensued. If you are going to gift the teacher, I also believe that you should gift the support staff if in fact your child requires support staff.
For instance, my son has a ST, OT, PT and Resource teacher in addition to his regular teacher. He also rides the bus for SN children. So we will give gifts for all of the above in addition to the bus driver and bus aide, who monitors my son when on the bus.
A couple of my friends agree and a couple disagree citing that the support staff is just that , support. That while they help, they are not as invested in a child as a teacher who sees them everyday. The same can be said for other support staff such as the PE, Music, Technology and Art teachers.
I understand that finances can play a part in it as well, Im not talking about extravagant gifts either, just a token to express my thanks and appreciation.
I also think it is ridiculous to believe that support staff is not as invested in your child because they don't see them everyday.
So my question, if you give year end gifts, do you gift the support staff as well as the teacher, or just the teacher?