I am getting frustrated again about make up work. I have several students this semester whose parents seem to feel that family vacation time is more important than school work. Okay, fine. You make that choice for your children. But then they seem to think that it is MY job to make it so their decision has no consequences. Now, in my district, students are supposed to only be allowed to make up work from excused absences. Vacations are not excused. But I know full well that concessions would be made down the line if I held to that standard. Parents would whine and complain until I was forced to reverse a decision and I'd end up looking like the bad guy. So I just hold to the rule when skipping is involved. That being said, students do have a limited amount of time in which to make up work from missed days. Teacher discretion. I generally work with students once they return and set individual due dates based on what else is going on in the class. So I have a few students that took off for Disney around the first of November. I handed out progress reports noting what they missed the week after they returned. I emailed all of my students' parents letting them know progress reports were sent home. I made notes about make-up work on the reports themselves. One student was on the ball and made everything up right away. The others did not. I reminded my class as a whole about make-up work. I reminded the individual students privately. I told them all that the final day for making up their work was XXX. One student has gone from a B to a 52. And it isn't lower simply because I refused to have a zero for a test grade and made her take the test during class time. I figured any grade would be better than a zero. She ignored my requests for her to come to my tutoring times and the day after the final date I gave it to her at her seat. Now I have a request for the student to stay late one day and get everything done. The student cannot come early to school and cannot come during tutoring times in the middle of the day. I feel that I've done WAY more than I should have to accommodate these students. Why should their vacation away cause ME to stay even later? I've said no and I am pretty sure I would be supported by administration on this. But it does frustrate me that there is this expectation for me to go above and beyond due to a vacation.