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Schools all have different policies regarding absences and make up work, however procedures can be implemented in our classrooms in various ways. Here are some tips from teachers on implementing make-up work procedures for your classroom.
Make up work
Posted by:New Teacher #18257

When my kids miss a day, I get all their work together. With their assignments, I put a reminder that they have 3 days from when they return to hand in all work and take all tests. I do not remind them again to turn in the work or take the test. (To remind myself they need to make up a test, I will put a copy of it in the "Make Up" folder on my desk.) If they do not turn in the work or take the test by the third day, I will call their parents and give a one day extension. If they don't finish they work by the fourth day, they get a 0 on it.

I will give them more than 3 days for long illnesses or a death in the family. It is their responsibility to remember and my students do an awesome job! I taught second...

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Make-up work
Posted by:Gail #18258

I write the name of the assignment in small letters on the board and underline it. Then underneath I write the kids' names of who needs to turn it in. *Everybody in class knows this is just a reminder, no big deal!!* It reminds them and myself they have to get it done. Then the student erases his/her name only after I see their completed work is being turned into me.

If you don't want the whole class to see it: Do the same on a clipboard at your desk, and have the kids write themselves a note to do their work.

I sort of set these guidelines: If they were sick, etc. and couldn't get the homework done, then I give them a while to finish. If they didn't take it home, or have it half done, it's due by the end of that school day where...

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ab - absent - missed work
Posted by:Sharon D. W-L #57337

I have always worked at a school where attendance is low, low, low. There is no "excused" on my official register. A student is either present or absent. I take attendance in the AM at 9:15 AM and again in the PM at 1:10 PM. I also have to double check my attendance after each recess to make sure no one is missing - this is a huge pain! I'd rather not bother with the two recess breaks or at least for go the one in the afternoon.

Anyways. I have NYFF - Not Yet Finished Folders for each child with their name in the top right hand corner. These are placed in a box daily. This year I used pocket folders. Each morning the children know to get their chairs and get their folder. We have 15-30 minutes each AM where they work quietly on unfinished work or silent read Inside...

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make up work
Posted by:Kellie #62753

Our policy is one day for each day missed if the absence is excused. It is up to each teacher if the student can make it up for unexcused absences. I teach first grade and if they don't do the assignment at home within the time allowed, they don't get it in the grade book. I don't take a lot of grades because the work is guided and it is practice. But tests are graded and if a student is doing poorly on tests due to attendance problems, I would have a parent-student-teacher conference to find out what the problem is. Our principal sends letters to parents whose children have attendance problems which includes being tardy. Kids cant learn if they're not in school. I think three days is more than enough time. Maybe too much. We got really strict at our school because of past problems and...

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absent students & make-up work
Posted by:JR #20020

When I taught 2nd grade I had made absence folders and had them laminated. When a student was absent then I put that folder on their desk and their neighbor was responsible to put the papers in them that we did that day. If the child was absent more than one day when they returned I then stapled the papers together that had to be done for a grade. Any little fun things that we did they did them at home after they completed the stapled papers. As far as test was concerned if it was spelling they didn't make it up. Any other test math,English, etc. was in a colored absence folder on my desk with their name on it when they finished the stapled work then I would give them 1 test a day which they would take in another teacher's room. Our district says that work...

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Absent Crate and Homework Calendar
Posted by:Illini Teacher #87844

At the beginning of the school year I explain this absent procedure to the kids and send home a letter that also explains it to the parents.

I have a crate with file folders that have a number (for each date on the calendar through 31) and in the folder for each day goes any handouts, copy of notes, and a short instruction sheet I do on my computer at the end of the day. This sheet usually takes about 5 mintues. I empty the folders each new week.

The calendar informs the students what homework was assigned that they are responsible for and then the file folder gives more instructions for the things missed during the day and the homework.

I have yet to have a parent hound me for homework since starting this. The kids are responsible for checking the crate...

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Work for absent students
Posted by:Risa #139630

Whenever students are absent, I have his/her neighbor take out a bright green folder and place it on the absent student's desk. On the outside of the folder it says, "Here's what we did while you were out." Throughout the day, whenever we pass out any papers, they are placed in the folder. The next morning, the student who was absent takes the papers out and returns the folder.

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make up work
Posted by:Susan/5th #59953

I've done it 2 different ways - one with 8th grade, and one with 5th grade. With 8th, I had a huge calendar (the kind that lays flat on your desk), that I wrote down the assignments every day before I left. I had a notebook in front of it. When a student was absent, they signed the book and wrote down their assignment from the calendar (in their own notebook). I kept the notebook as reference that they saw it. That works when you only teach one subject.

For 5th grade now (self-contained), I have a sheet that has the subjects listed on the side. When a student is absent, a classmate writes down the assignments and leaves it on their desk. They also add any handouts to it and staples it together.

Both ways seemed to work!

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Absentee work
Posted by:freckleface #139695

At the beginning of the year I have parents fill out a form that asks how they want their child to make up their work when absent. They can choose to have it sent home with neighbor, relative, friend, etc., pick it up in the office, or do it when they return. Most choose to have it sent home with someone. I have a form then that I fill out with what they need to do, I pack up the papers and books and I have cloth tote bags that they know are the homework bags. If they choose to do it when they return, then they have to stay in and do it and take home home whatever isn't finished. If it's something big and important I make sure we bring them up to speed during class. Experiments, in class projects (the fun stuff!) they just miss. Makeup tests...

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Makeup work with Absent Students
Posted by:Jess #20021

I know just how you feel. I am new to teaching elementary school this year, and this is a real concern of mine. I made up two folders that said, WE MISSED YOU on the front. On the inside is a slip of paper for room to write the assignments for each subject. I do like the other poster said, and lay it on their desk. I put all the graded work in it. I make a note in my Memo book about tests and stuff. Hope this helps. You won't forget for long, if you do. I highlight every missing space in my grade book, and I do grades almost every night so it doesn't pile up, so I am able to see what's missing and what's not.

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make up work
Posted by:Jody #44183

One thing that works for me is...I purchased this plastic container that is magnetic. I keep it up front, attached to my white board. When somebody is absent, I write their name on any daily jobs handouts, homework, or notices from the office and stick them in the plastic container. When a child returns, it is their responsibility to look in the container and pull out anything that has their name on it.

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Posted by:Jane #79147

Like JA I too made up a form that suited the structure of my class. I also had 3 special folders for absentees. My system is to give the folder and the form to a student who will act as secretary for the absent child. The secretary records work missed on the form and collects any handouts. All of this is placed in the folder at the end of the day. I look it over and add any needed comments or directions. Then the folder and book, materials required, etc. is sent to a work messenger who delivers it to the absent student. In September, I ask my students to give me the name of someone in our class or school who is able to bring home work to them. (Brother, sister, or neighbor)
Of course I should add that all work is expected to be done out of school. Sometimes...

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WYWO Folder
Posted by:Jennifer in OK #139632

This year, with my school going to departmentalization, I figured out the best way to deal with papers from missed days was not to leave them on their side of the desk (it certainly didn't work!), but I put a WYWO (While You Were Out) folder on my whiteboard tray. My partner teacher and I told the kids that they were responsible for checking in their homeroom for any papers they missed while they were out and get them out of the folder. It really helped with students and the excuse "It wasn't in my desk." I made sure it was a bright pink folder in both classes and I put a big sign on the front of it. I would clip their papers together and put the date absent at the top so I knew when it was assigned and when it should be turned in.

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"We Missed You" folders
Posted by:Liz #59988

I established a procedure with my class that if someone is absent, the person sitting next to them gets a "We Missed You Folder" from the back table and puts it on their desk. I purchased 20 yellow folders (10 for $1) and wrote "We Missed You...= ( at the top. Inside the folder I included a blank assignment sheet. As I pass out any handouts, they are put right into the folder. If I assign anything, a student writes it on their assignment sheet. When they come back, they get their folder and everything is in there. They have the same # of days they were absent to make up all missed work. The late work is returned in the yellow folder so that it is all together and the folder can be reused.
I hope this helps!!

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While You Were Out
Posted by:Joy #30169

Hi Robin,

Whenever one of my third graders are out, I always leave a red folder on his/her desk that says: While you were out...
Inside the folder are two pockets: to be completed and completed work. I record all of the assignments for the child on a notepaper. Children are expected to return the folder to me within 2 days. Any work turned in after that receives a penalty.

I agree with Traci who was the last post. She said that she sends the reading book & assignments home. I have also copied other students notes for the absent child to refer to. If you have audio tapes available, I would suggest that you allow the child to listen to the audio tapes. I sure hope this helps!

Happy Teaching!

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