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Q: In the state of TN, what restrictions are there preventing a licensed educator from selling candy bars to students?

The fundraiser is not school sponsored. It is in support of a mission team to Uruguay.

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A: In Tennessee, educators are expected to uphold ethical standards and avoid any appearance of impropriety. Selling items, even for a good cause, directly to students during school hours could raise ethical concerns and possibly be seen as taking advantage of the teacher-student relationship. If the fundraiser isn't school-sponsored, the educator may not be allowed to sell items on school property without proper permission. Additionally, many schools have policies in place about fundraising or selling items on campus, especially when it involves food, due to federal and state guidelines about nutrition in schools. Before proceeding with any sales, the educator should consult with the school administration and familiarize themselves with the school and district policies. For personalized legal advice tailored to your unique circumstances, it's advisable to consult with an attorney.

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