In a big school, that surprises me that that would happen. Because they have more money, etc.
And whoever said it wasn't worth it wasting time on a student with C's...school does not come easy to everyone. Sometimes, students work their butts off just to get C's. I had friends that were like that. Some subjects just didn't click. There's a wide variety of reasons why a student would not be getting an A, but not all of them mean a student is lazy. Be careful what you assume.
In a case as presented (and I say as presented because there could be or could not be more to the story), a student should be allowed to make up work for a major illness like this. I don't see why not, as long as a clear portal of communication is established once the situation has happened. Even at major universities where they will not let you miss a test, most professors will work with you if you've been in the hospital or have had something major happen.
There's usually a line of authority that one follows to solve a problem:
teacher ---> principal ---> superintendent ---> school board.
However, there's not much you can do except suggest this stuff to your friend. Other than that, it is up to her and her parents about how they handle it. It is touching to hear your concern though.
Koolio - While it is admirable that you are a great teacher and care a great deal about school and students, there are some teachers out there that do not. Many of them work at small schools that cannot afford good teachers. I came from a very small public school that eventually merged with another nearby school. Most of our teachers were fresh out of college or had a specific reason to be in the area. Throughout high school, I experienced a lot of negative moments with teachers. Here are a few examples:
-English teacher. She dressed provocatively, played favorites, and often mispronounced words that I knew how to pronounce, misspelled things, and missed punctuation and grammar issues. Cool beans for other teachers, but not an English teacher. I can't remember a lot of specifics here, but I remember a lot of generalizations.
-Science teacher. Now, this guy was an older guy, but he was not teacher material, and every teacher recognized it except him. He was way too smart to be teaching and could not relate to his students. I didn't learn a thing in his class because I didn't understand any of it.
-Vocal teacher/speech coach: I will never forget this one. I didn't deal with this teacher at all except during the fall play. I had one of the lead parts. I knew my lines well right away and tried my best to act. At the beginning of the play, I told this teacher that I needed to know a week in advance when practices would be so I could make sure I didn't have to work. She agreed, all was well. Then, she started getting fussy and angry and started scheduling extra practices that were only a few days in advance. When I told her I had to work one of those nights, she CALLED MY BOSS AND TOLD HIM I NEEDED TO BE AT PLAY PRACTICE. He told her I could find a sub, but I wasn't really finding anyone (okay, to be honest, I wanted to just go to work so I could spite her lol), except maybe this one girl that went to another school. THIS TEACHER THREATENED TO CALL THIS GIRL AT ANOTHER SCHOOL AND ASK HER TO WORK FOR ME. One play practice. One. Just ridiculous.
-Spanish Teacher: She was moody and often swore in class. She had it out for me for whatever reason. At the fall conference, she told my mom I should let other students answer in class more. So I was more patient. At the spring conference, she told my mom I should speak up more. At the end of the year of my senior year, I got really sick and could not go to school. We had a policy that we could make up tests and that sort of stuff. I took a test when I got back to school for this class and gave it to her - she gave me a zero. And there is no way I should have gotten a zero for that.
-Principal: He was a real joy too. I remember asking him if I could opt out of one of my English classes the next semester to take a more challenging English class. Everything being taught in that class I knew already. It was the easiest A ever and I was bored. He really didn't have too much to say to that. During my senior year, I got really depressed and bombed a few college courses I was taking. No one tried to work with me so I could get back on track - the principal cast me off as lazy.
But, not every teacher was negative either. I had some really great ones.
-Math teacher: He made all my math classes so easy, and I'm not good at math. He was phenomenal at getting stuff across.
-Social studies teacher and his wife who worked special ed: He was great and really knew me, I felt. He wrote a letter of recommendation for me and I could talk to him about almost anything. Same with his wife, even though I was not in special education.
-Science teacher - This guy made science fun. We dissected cats in anatomy. He was strict and kept the class in order. However, he was a very effective teacher, more than fair, and had a good sense of humor.
-6th grade teachers - They're both the greatest. I loved school back then. I learned so many things for them about life and class. They worked with me when I messed up because they knew I was an honest student who tried hard. I can't say enough about them. They both had a tremendous effect on my life.
-Business teacher - Oops, forgot her. She was also very strict but had a good sense of humor, was easy to talk to, and would be there when you needed her for help.
-Ag teacher - I hated him at first. He accused me of plagiarizing a paper. I never plagiarized. I won't. He seemed mean, hard to get along with...but as soon as I started to get to know him, things went differently. He was very influential in teaching me about my own leadership skills and had a quirky sense of humor. I actually learned things in his ag class, unlike the teacher before, and got involved in FFA and stayed involved in his time there. Great guy.
There's good and bad in both.