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Our Spring Break began this past Thursday the 29th. One of my 7th grade students went out of state to play soccer the Thursday before. Therefore, he technically will have had 2 1/2 weeks of Spring Break. I (stupidly) checked my school email a couple days ago and he's emailing me asking for the work he missed so he can catch up. Um, sorry, but I'm on my break now and I am not going to go dig up everything you missed because you went on vacation a whole week before everybody else. Same kid does this for every holiday break - went to Spain over Thanksgiving to watch soccer and missed extra days then, too. SO annoying! When a child is sick, that's one thing, but when they're always away on fun trips, um, SORRY!! You will have to wait now.....

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Trevortiger 04-07-2018 09:35 PM

"I close my eyes and type random keys to update my password" hahahahahaha!

123rabbit 04-05-2018 06:30 PM

Take a break from your email during holidays. If you have to provide something due to your school policy or administration (some parents will cc them) I would create a time consuming project for them to complete. (book project, history project even math projects like planning a vacation calculating expenses with tips...) The directions could even be emailed.

Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

mom23kids 04-05-2018 05:30 AM

We have students that take off 3 weeks at a time before break. Our school policy is they must show plane tickets for an excused absence. If a child is out for a certain number of consecutive days and we're not able to contact them they are discharged. (there must be some policy in place to make sure they're okay tho but the sec handles that)

Angelo 04-05-2018 03:41 AM

I suspect you’ve got a game of chicken going on here. I deal with a lot of students and parents who seem to expect instantaneous electronic communication outside school hours (the email on Sunday morning, for instance, followed by the HELLO???? email on Sunday afternoon) and it is indeed presumptuous and annoying.

The other variety, though, is the non-email email. These are messages sent without the expectation of a reply. The student or parent knows that due diligence means asking for missed work due to absence, but when push comes to shove, they don’t really want the hassle of actually doing said work. So they deliberately time the request such that a prompt response is unlikely. They will then print out the email later and say, “Well... We tried!” and use that as the basis for demanding an extension for (or exemption from) the work missed.

Haley23 04-04-2018 05:15 PM

It has taken me years to finally stick to this, but I no longer check email on weekends or breaks. Previously, I'd find myself saying that I'd just check to make sure nothing's there/know I didn't have anything to worry about. Well, that only works if there actually isn't anything there! I check on Sunday night or the night before the break ends because I don't like surprises, but that way I don't have to worry about anything all break.

I agree that you definitely shouldn't respond now. You don't want to set yourself up for being on call 24/7 in the future. I was also going to suggest setting an out of office reply next time.

MightyTeach 04-04-2018 04:46 PM

At my school if a student is going to be absent on a family trip - he or she has to notify the school ahead of time and request school/homework. In the past, I have put together a week's worth of work in one day only to have it not picked up or completed. Ugh!
I no longer check my email after hours or over a break. I can now enjoy my family time and take care of school business when I am back in the classroom. If there is an emergency, the admin have my home phone number.

Tori58 04-04-2018 09:18 AM

I'm shocked that students can just take off on vacation without filling out some kind of planned absence form. In these parts, teachers don't necessarily need to give them all their work in advance but they do need to sign that they have been notified that the student will be absent. This gives teachers an opportunity to let parents know if a student already has some low grades that won't be helped by an extended absence. Failure to complete this form could result in being considered truant although, in reality, if it's an affluent and influential family the school would likely look the other way.

travelingfar 04-04-2018 08:20 AM

I wouldn't want to be dealing with all that nonsense over spring break. When I was teaching I never checked email over breaks from school.

Song of Joy 04-04-2018 07:57 AM

Well, I guess the student will be super busy after Spring Break when they get to catch up.

As a school, we had to eliminate giving work ahead since students would take material with them, lose it, not complete it, and then expect us to prepare their material all over again when they returned. Quite honestly, I adapt my plans all the time due to student needs and what I think we'll accomplish in the next week or two rarely happens so I can't really give work ahead.

So, I get it. Hold to your school policy and let them get the work when they return. Schools aren't concierge services.

The tough part is if this is just before a report card deadline.

MAsped 04-04-2018 06:23 AM

If a student knows BEFOREHAND that he/she will be gone, why they don't ask their teacher in time to get it all together before they leave is beyond me. Poor planning and thought process I guess.

Yes, don't check your email anymore all week!

Singvogel 04-04-2018 06:15 AM

Since so many people think that they are owed instant answers due to electronic communication, the out of office auto reply is the way to go.

There are so few boundaries with timing and quality of electronic communication, including social media, that it is up to us to set our own boundaries, or there will be no boundaries. (Think THAT special parent- you should have responded right away! I don't care if you were in the hospital.)

Mikhail 04-04-2018 05:43 AM

You know the drill and arrange an appropriate time line so this student catches up if that's in accordance with your school's policy. And allow the student to manage his own time. That's what would've happened in an era before the internet.

However, in this day and age of instant communication and if the student's worth it, I would respond and provide some support for this student.

HoHumBeachBum 04-04-2018 05:41 AM

I always set up my auto Out of Office response a few hours before leaving for break.

Please note: I will be away from my work email until _______. (Date I have to be back in the building)

Before summer vacation, I close my eyes and type random keys to update my password. That way, I can't access my email over the summer.

puzzle1mom 04-04-2018 05:11 AM

NerdTeach - our policy is exactly the opposite. They get no work until they return and they have as many days as they were out tacked on to the due date. That is for excused absences as far as I know. This student never actually told us he was going away but I heard him tell other students on the last day he was there as he left. His mother emailed a day or two later to tell us they were headed out. I teach in a school with loads of affluent students, so the vacations are quite frequent with many of them. If our policy was to give them work ahead of time, none of us teachers would be able to get anything done.

NerdTeach 04-04-2018 05:08 AM

Our school policy for vacations is that the student has to gather all work before leaving, and it is due the day they return. Anything turned in after that is a 0.

Sickness is different, but fun vacations are planned in advance. So the work can be completed in advance as well.

puzzle1mom 04-04-2018 05:05 AM

Our Spring Break began this past Thursday the 29th. One of my 7th grade students went out of state to play soccer the Thursday before. Therefore, he technically will have had 2 1/2 weeks of Spring Break. I (stupidly) checked my school email a couple days ago and he's emailing me asking for the work he missed so he can catch up. Um, sorry, but I'm on my break now and I am not going to go dig up everything you missed because you went on vacation a whole week before everybody else. Same kid does this for every holiday break - went to Spain over Thanksgiving to watch soccer and missed extra days then, too. SO annoying! When a child is sick, that's one thing, but when they're always away on fun trips, um, SORRY!! You will have to wait now.....




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