- February 3, 2018 at 7:54 PM #44913
Since we are on the topic of winter sickness and the flu is rampant right now, what do you do about school work the absent student misses out on? What do you require them to catch up with? What do you let slide? Do you expect them to do everything they should have done if they would have been in school–all the extra practice sheets, speed drills, etc.? Does it make a difference how many days they’ve been sick and how sick they’ve been? Do you send it home or try to get it caught up at school?
- February 7, 2018 at 7:56 AM #45047
I send home as much of the student’s make-up work as possible (even tests) with the student’s sibling if I can, because it makes the return day so much easier for him. I typically give the student a checklist of items to complete that he is to return with his work. In my experience, parents/students have done very well making sure this work is completed promptly.
If a student is sick, I am more willing to let the non-essentials slide versus if they are absent for a trip. I would also take the specific student and situation into consideration- if all the minor papers are going to look very overwhelming, I am quicker to let them go. If something is a building block for the next day (like a math assignment), I would feel that is more important than the day’s cursive writing practice paper.
This is from a 3rd grade teacher perspective. I think your approach to make-up work may be different depending on the grade you teach.
- February 7, 2018 at 8:52 PM #45098
Since it is basically expected that parents look after catch up assignments when students are sick, I stick pretty much to the bare bones. Parents usually do very well in looking after it. For the few times that a student comes back with a lot left over, I try to divvy it out, doing at school what I can slip in and sending home portions until it is caught up. If it is really hard to have it done at home I will at times ask the student to stay after school for an hour to work on it, or do some at recess times. If the sickness is prolonged and the child does not struggle academically it is easier to cut things. I do feel quite spoiled by parents who do so well in looking after things at home.
- February 8, 2018 at 1:44 PM #45394
If students are sick, I keep the required make-up work to the essentials. When students are sick they usually need some time to rest and recover and I prefer not to overwhelm them with a pile of work. I send some work home and most of the students do complete the work.
- February 9, 2018 at 5:11 PM #45466
I teach grades 7–12, and for most of my classes I give two or three assignments per week instead of one per day. These assignments are often not collected and graded, but have quizzes that they’re based on. This gives students a smaller number of assignments to catch up on if they miss school, and the flexibility to skim over some of them and just take the quizzes if they’re overwhelmed. I don’t do things this way for the purpose of making it easier for students to catch up, but it does have that side benefit.
Our school’s policy is that it is the responsibility of students (and, by implication, parents) to collect assignments they miss due to any kind of absence. I really appreciate the way this policy frees me from having to keep track of every absence and missed assignment. Siblings and classmates often collect assignments for ill students to work on at home.
- February 10, 2018 at 5:22 PM #45479
There is no general policy at our school–it’s left up to each teacher. The older the students get, the more it becomes their responsibility. I usually have students do make-up work in Math, Reading, and Language Arts, the core first grade subjects. Depending on the student and the nature and length of their illness I may have them do more than that. I don’t often send tests and quizzes home. I tend to keep it pretty much to necessary for learning work, as much for my sake as the student’s.
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