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mahalopele 12-20-2013 08:55 AM

School: Legal?
 
Hey everybody, I was just wondering if there was some way to prevent this. My friend was sick from school for two weeks because she had to have her appendix taken out. Now, one of her teachers wont let her make up any quizzes, homework, or labs (It's Chemistry). Is there any rule/law to prevent this? I know there isn't one within my school, but I thought there might be a state rule saying that you have to let students make up their work. Her grade went from a "C" to an "F," and she might have to retake the class next year if the teacher won't let her make up any work. I live in Ohio, if the rules differ between states. Can anyone help?

Speed Racer 12-20-2013 08:56 AM

Why don't her parents contact the principal and school board? I'd think the teacher was overstepping her boundaries, but it's up to her parents to get involved.

Taffy Clayton 12-20-2013 08:59 AM

Well it does seem extreme, but there is always summer school.

DancingArabian 12-20-2013 09:03 AM

She should talk to school administration with her parents and provide doctors notes.
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DuckDodgers 12-20-2013 10:00 AM

Have her parents contact the school (teacher, principal, etc) and bring doctor's notes. She should be allowed to make up work that she missed due to a properly documented medical condition. Also, just because a person is absent from school does not mean that they should automatically be exempt from all assignments. With very few exceptions, a student can still complete some assignments sent home by the teacher. If she (and her parents) didn't make any attempt to find out what work she missed and what she could do while in bed to try and keep up, then there may be issues. Also, if a student misses a certain number of class periods of a class around here- REGARDLESS of the reason, medical or not- they will not be able to pass the class. If you have an extended illness then that's really an unfortunate thing, but in reality the chances that you've gotten everything you can out of the course while not being present most of the time is unlikely. Don't know if your friend has exceeded the number of absent days, but I guess it's possible.

Though, I don't think that you're the one in the position to be fighting this battle.

MyBoySi 12-20-2013 10:08 AM

Did she or her parents stop and consider telling teachers etc. that she would be missing so much time? Even if it was an emergency it seems to me that a parent could have placed a phone call explaining the situation and asked for some sort of work for at home while she recovered.

While I see it from your friends point of view you have to try and see it from the teachers as well. How much time would it take to re give all quizes/tests, make up labs etc?

Incitatus32 12-20-2013 10:25 AM

Have you looked in the school handbook? They hand them out at the beginning of the year for these reasons. MyBoySi does have a point, if the teacher was unaware of the extended absence then they might not have made time for make up work. Your friend might have to stay after school, go in during lunch and go in early in the mornings or take summer or night school. I was taking AP Chem when I had my wisdom teeth out and that's what I did because there wasn't time in the class room.

Her and her parents do need to go and talk to the administration and provide the documentation necessary to clear up everything. It might be that no one contacted the school and told them the extent of her absence.

jimmyp 12-20-2013 10:49 AM

I'll guarantee if I didn't give one of my students make up work, after being out for 2wks post surgery, I'd be looking for work.

Jim

mahalopele 12-20-2013 11:04 AM

She and her mom (her parents are divorced) did contact the school. They met with the principal and the guidance counselor, but they said it was up to the teacher to decide. I don't know if she contacted the teacher in advance to let him know she wouldn't be there, but she did have a doctor's excuse.

Speed Racer 12-20-2013 11:06 AM

Well then, if they didn't do due diligence and let the teacher know ahead of time that's their error, not the teacher's.

Seems to me if the principal is standing behind his/her teacher, there's a lot more to the story that you're not telling us.


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