I'm having an issue with parents regarding how "unfair" I am being with their children because the kids left early for a sports event. I have a system where students are able to earn extra points on an assignment if they work in a team towards that assignment. I monitor the team's work closely, making sure that everyone is participating and increasing the learning of the others. If students are not present for the activity, I mark them exempt for the assignment. The activity is time-sensitive and the point is to prepare for a bigger assignment, so there is no need to make it up after the fact. I had some students insist on completing the assignment earlier in the day of the larger one. They then expected the team boost of points even though they did not participate in the team activity. Parents are claiming that I am being unfair to their children now. It isn't their fault that they had to leave early. The parents have suggested that I rearrange my lesson plans so that the students do not miss anything important when they leave! I honestly thought that by marking such kids exempt from an assignment I was doing the best possible thing in the situation. I told one parent that since her son had an extra night to work on the material, he actually had an advantage that the other students in the class did not. I'm sure these parents will go to the administration and get their way eventually. @@ What do you do for students that leave early in your classroom?