One of my students this past year began performing really poorly in my class. I attributed her poor performance to an increasing number of absences. I offered her the opportunity to turn in missing work and retake exams which she had failed, and she never followed through on any of it. Unfortunately, I didn't follow through on it either. I think I should have, and I feel really bad about it now. Her dad sent an exasperated and shocked-sounding email to all her teachers (she failed all her classes) asking what could have happened to turn an A/B student into an F student without any conferences or phone calls. He's right to be upset. I should have called him and expressed my concerns, and I didn't do that. I think I got so caught up in the day-to-day problems, the major behavior issues, the paperwork, and the "bigger" stuff that I chalked this situation up to a lazy student and left it at that. She just wasn't on my radar. And while it may not have been a big issue for me (it should have been), it is a huge issue to this parent and this family. Let this be a lesson to you all. I know I'm learning from it.