The issue is this; He told me last week that his family is going on a vacation and he will miss all of finals week. According to school board policy and state law, this is NOT an excused absence, so I have not legal obligation to allow him to make up the exam and can be completely justified in giving him a "zero" and a "D" for the semester. At the same time, his parents planned the vacation and not him. Making it more difficult, I do not have a two hour block of time before I must turn in first semester grades to allow him to take a final.
Note: Were this an excused absence, the school would give him an "incomplete" for the semester and would provide a time for him to take the missed exams. This is not an option as the absence is not excused.
Hmmm..this is tough. Since he is normally an A to B student I think he should be allowed to make up the final. It isnt his fault his parents are selfish idiots.
And I know its unorthodox, is there anyway he can be given the final over skype while he is on vacation?
I am leaning in this direction...Get the parents directly involved with me and in a conversation with the principal. Make it painfully clear that this is not acceptable. Make them suffer a little on vacation while pondering what the outcome would be. Then, after the vacation, let them know that the final would be excused, but that, should it ever happen again, the school would give him "zeros" on all his finals.
Yikes the situation sucks..has this particular student been absent before this? I did forget that there is one more semester to go...if this semester ends with a D? Is it possible for him to get an A or B next semester for this same class next semester if he retakes this class and erase the D essentially or does it stay on his transcripts?
And I think my comments were misintrepreted with the troubled kid..I meant troublemaker as in disruptful in class, a cheater, absent all the time.
I didnt mean someone less well off...