Occasionally, we come across a news story that we think you should know about. This one came over the weekend.
ABC News and Good Morning America are reporting about a lawsuit filed by a student and his parent over a Chemistry grade. The lawsuit alleges that the student was not allowed to make up a lab assignment he missed due to an excused absence. The excused absence was attending his sister's adoption hearing. The missed assignment lowered his grade from an A to a C+ (later changed to a B though appeals with the district). The suit claims he has suffered severe physical and emotional suffering, damage to his academic reputation and has diminished chances of getting into his college of choice because of the grade.
The student alleges to have tried to make up the assignment, but was denied by the teacher. District policy should come in to play here. What was the process for make up work for an excused absence outlined in a course syllabus, student handbook, or district policy?
Do you know your district policy on this issue? What is the policy?
What do you think? Should the student have been able to make up the assignment?
What do you think of this? What do you do to protect yourself from this type of scrutiny?
Please make sure you have the protection you need before you enter the classroom this school year.