What to do with missing work/vacation for report cards

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  1. waterfall

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    One of my students is apparently on a several week vacation to visit family in Mexico which involved missing 2 1/2 weeks of school. She/her parents didn't inform me about the trip before she left. Our attendance person in the office finally got a hold of them after she'd already missed a week and found out about the trip. She won't be back until Christmas break is over. Report cards are due on Friday. Obviously, there's no way for her to make anything up before then. Would you give her an "incomplete" on all the tests she missed, or just exempt her from all of them? She's about a C average student. We give A, B, C, and N (needs improvement). The missing assignments would definitely bump her down to an "N." If all of the work from that 2 1/2 weeks is not factored into her grades, she'll still be in the C range.
     
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    Man.

    It's unfortunate because it will be difficult to makeup that much work (without having been present for the lessons) and stay on top of new work in January, especially as a C student.

    Since I graded based on standards, I could not give her a grade for a standard she didn't master or attempt mastery for... Guess I'd keep them open/blank for if she has time to tackle those at some point.
     
  4. bros

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    Incomplete, as the student still needs to master the content
     
  5. waterfall

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    We only have one grade for each subject- so I can't give her what she earned on some standards and an incomplete on others. It would either be a C overall or an "N" (which basically means an F) overall.
     
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    These situations suck. It's not her fault she missed, but the grade for the quarter won't accurately reflect her mastery of the standards covered if given a "pass" on the missed grades...only level of mastery of the standards she did. Well, I guess that happens all the time with transfer students. I guess I'd give her a grade for what she did but then get some materials together to at least introduce her to the missed content.
     
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    Give her the N. The parents should have signed her out before they left, which would mean that you send work with her and excuse her from the classroom work she misses. (At least, that's how it's done here in CA, where we frequently have students leaving for a week or two in Mexico.) This can't be the first time the family has done this, and they should know the procedures and consequences by now.
     
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    Our district policy is any vacation days over 5 is unexcused and students cannot get credit for the work. It is recommended that they withdraw, and then re-enroll. Not saying I agree with this, but it is policy.
     
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    I would give her the grades that she earned while she was in school. On the report card in the comments I would make a notation that grades were based on the time she was present in school. Complete grades could not be given due to a 2 1/2 week vacation absence from school. I had to do this for one of my students. This way I covered myself for anyone wondering why the grades were given.
     
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    This happens a lot here as well. There's almost always no notice of the absence. Teachers assume they've moved when the don't show up for weeks at a time and are then shocked when they come back next semester.

    "Jonny, what are you doing here? We thought you moved. You're not even on my roll."

    "Oh, we were in Mexico."

    My current school takes these parents to truancy court, so it doesn't happen as often or they're not allowed to re-enroll, but the district I used to sub in had this problem quite often. It was frustrating for everyone on campus to try and navigate the situation. Many were failed due to lack of work or held back due to days missed.
     
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    What does your administration say? This sounds like a situation that should be dealt with by a higher-up.
     
  12. MrsC

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    This is what we do as well.
     
  13. MissScrimmage

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    Ask your administrator. Our principal will include a letter with the report card stating that grades could not be given due to lack of attendance.
     
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    This is really hard. I have so many students that are gone on days that I choose to do an assessment. It's also really hard for me to make those up with them since I have so little planning time and over 400 students. The students are usually gone for legitimate reasons but it still makes it really hard to make things up. I also don't see every class each day.

    I usually end up giving up lunch to call the student back in to make it up. Last semester I had a couple of kids that were sick the last week of school when I took my last grade. I ended up just exempting them from it. I honestly don't know what is best to do in a situation like that and I'm not sure what is the fair thing to do.
     
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    Our report cards don't have specific assignments on them and are very general so I would just grade her based on her abilities leading up to her absence. That's annoying though.
     
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    My school disenrolls kids who are out for ten consecutive days..
     
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    Wow! Is this public or private? I assume these are unexcused absences? What happens when they show up after those 10 days? Do they have to re-enroll before attending class?
     
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    Kick this one up to administration and let them make the decision.

    In my school, we would have to put in zeros for the missing work and calculate the grade that way. No evidence of mastery = 0. The grade can be adjusted later once the student completes the work and demonstrates mastery.

    I think that my district is moving towards a policy like czacza's where students will be unenrolled for those long absences from school and then re-enrolled upon returning.
     
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    Without advanced notice from the parents and asking for work....I don't know if my principal would allow her to make up 2 1/2 weeks of work. I had a child who missed a week before Christmas. I had enough grades for her, so I just left those grades blank and she got what she had earned so far. If I don't have enough grades I make up, the best I can, with the child. It's never the same, though.
     
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    I don't think you can give the student the grade. I say "incomplete." The family should have signed her out of school, spoke with you, got the work, and had her continue her studies.

    I had a student take all her stuff, her family moved back to Mexico for six weeks. Then she came back after two months, enrolled in the same school. She was already behind academically, and she had been out of school the entire time her family was in Mexico. And her family does that every year!
     
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    Public...if the school knows ahead of time they notify the parents about the disenrollment..
     
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    We disenroll for an absence over 10 consecutive days as well. It is a state rule, not local. Exceptions and arrangements areade for medically necessary absences.
     
  23. czacza

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    We have state policies governing absences of over 9 days...excessive absences affect test scores, funding, student achievement, school culture...most of my school's extended absences involve long family vacations. I had a student miss nearly a month last year due to overseas travel. While I'm sure he had many great experiences and learned 'life lessons' during his absence, a teacher can not possibly make up for the loss of such a large chunk of instructional time once a child returns. We do what we can.
     
  24. bros

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    I'm guessing this policy went into effect around 2005-2007?

    Since I was in HS then and that is when my district changed from 25 absences allowed a year to 10 every two marking periods.

    That might also be why my district freaked out when my neurologist told them I had to be out for the remainder of the 2006 school year after their nurse jeopardized my health.
     
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    I was just about to say the same thing...
     
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    :dizzy::lol:
     

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