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Old 06-29-2015, 01:40 PM
 
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I am wanting to know what different schools' policies are for giving work to a student before they go on a family vacation during the school year. My school does not allow us to give work all because one family, 10 years ago would get the work and then wouldn't do it. Personally, I would like a student to come back from vacation caught up with his or her work so they aren't doing last weeks and this weeks work at the same time. This is really overwhelming for students especially with students that struggle. What does your school do???


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No work given. They can catch up when they get back. Too much work for teacher to prepare ahead of time and most of the time the kids don't do it anyway. Also it's often hard to just give worksheets because kids are missing the discussions/activities in class.
I would hate to have to prepare homework. We tell the parents who ask to read daily with kid, practice math facts and to keep a journal.
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Teacher is free to make her own policy. I don't do it because of the non return problem and the fact that there is no guarantee my student actually did the work.
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We don't give work until the student returns. If they missed 5 days of school, they have 5 school days to make up the missed work. We've had too many issues of teachers preparing work and upon return, finding minimal to no work done. It is a policy so parents already know and we rarely get complaints. Parents are happy to have the time to enjoy their vacation without fighting about schoolwork.
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Teacher can set their own policy and admin backs up teacher policy. I don't give it simply because I usually don't know for sure or haven't done the materials prep for what I am doing until the weekend, so I can't give it to them on Friday even if I wanted to.

Vacations are unexcused, so we're also allowed to simply give zeroes but I don't know any teacher that actually does that.


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Because vacations are considered unexcused absences, teachers here don't have to give students any makeup work. I very seldon have a parent ask for work for a vacation. We only have to let students make up for excused absences. In those cases students equal time to the time out to make up work.
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At my school, it's at the teacher's discretion. I usually give it; they usually don't do it.

I wish we could call such absences unexcused and give zeros! After all, I can't just take school time off and go on vacation...My students' attendance in general is far worse than mine.
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Technically, in our district, if a kid is gone for more than 4 days they are supposed to go to the office and fill out an independent work form. Teacher can give work. This way, if they turn the work in, we get paid for kid being in school when they are not.

What usually happens is they don't do the work, don't turn it in and we don't get the State funds.

I have given up on making work packets. I pile the work on their desk when they're gone and tell them to make it up ASAP. if they were on an independent study, I might turn it in to the office.
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Old 06-29-2015, 04:13 PM
 
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Really up to the parent. We frequently have kids gone for 2-4 weeks. They travel to their home country. Some parents want a lot of work, some parents want no work. It's hard for me to give them all their work that far ahead.
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:22 PM
 
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We have students do an independent study contract, and then continue bothering them until they turn in the work. It is drilled into parents head's that we get funding for all independent study work so they are pretty good about returning it.


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It's up to teachers.
Not a problem into school though.
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Our district allows Independent Study for 5 days or more. As long as they give us 2 weeks notice we have to give it because the school,will get money for those missed days. We can't give to them early and it is due the day they return -- or no money for the school.

Because it has to do with money, the district is very strict about it -- and each day should represent a day's work, not a half hour of homework.

You think students are going to get a week's worth of work done while they are at Disneyland? I spend a few hours putting it together and it almost never gets done. I hate it.

Many packets are given out during the year as we are a "Country Club School," as my principal puts it. Travel and fun first, then school when it can be fit in the schedule.
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:54 AM
 
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Teachers are not required to give homework in advance. I never give out work for students going on vacation. They have to get caught up when they return.
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vacations and work . . .
Old 06-30-2015, 06:07 AM
 
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I do exactly what "Cheerio" said--ask the kiddos to read, work on some basic math computation, and keep a journal. Only a very few students do these activities. I can't imagine sending a full day's work for every day that the student will be gone . . .yikes! They almost never do the work--what a waste of time!
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