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Late And Missed Assignments Policy

XYNA's Late And Missed Assignments Policy

It must be made clear to students early in the school year that they are responsible not only for their behaviour in the classroom and the school but also for providing evidence of their achievement of the overall expectations within the time frame specified by the teacher, and in a form approved by the teacher. Students must understand that there will be consequences for not completing assignments for evaluation or for submitting those assignments late.

Xyna has strategies which are used to help prevent & address late and missed assignments. These include:

  • Asking the student to clarify the reason for not completing the assignment.
  • Helping students develop better time-management skills.
  • Collaborating with other staff to prepare a part- or full-year calendar of major assignment dates for every class.
  • Planning for major assignments to be completed in stages, so that students are less likely to be faced with an all-or-nothing situation at the last minute.
  • Maintaining ongoing communication with students and/or parents about due dates and late assignments, and scheduling conferences with parents if the problem persists.
  • Taking into consideration legitimate reasons for missed deadlines.
  • Using counselling or peer tutoring to try to deal positively with problems.
  • Reviewing the need for extra support for English language learners.
  • Reviewing whether students require special education services.
  • Providing alternative assignments or tests/exams where, it is reasonable and appropriate to do so.
  • Deducting marks for late assignments, up to and including the full value of the assignment.

It is expected that teachers and school teams will use a variety of strategies, as described above, to ensure that students submit their assignments for evaluation and meet timelines. Late and missed assignments for evaluation will also be noted on the report card as part of the evaluation of a student’s development of the learning skills and work habits. When appropriate, a student’s tendency to be late in submitting, or to fail to submit, other assignments (including homework) may also be noted on the report card as part of the evaluation of the student’s development of the learning skills and work habits.

Our policies relating to late and missed assignments for evaluation are:

  • to inform students and their parents about the importance of submitting assignments for evaluation when they are due and about the consequences for students who submit assignments late or fail to submit assignments.
  • recognize that policies and procedures to motivate and facilitate completion of work and demonstration of learning and allow for additional & alternative opportunities to do so.
  • recognize that it is the responsibility of the classroom teacher, in collaboration with students, to establish deadlines for the submission of assignments for evaluation and clearly communicate those deadlines to students and, where appropriate, to parents.
  • ensure that mark deduction will not result in a percentage mark that misrepresents the student’s actual achievement.
  • provide clear procedures for determining a percentage mark for the report card for a student.