The Month that Killed My Child’s Education

After being out of school for 10 days (two weekends, five snow days and one holiday), my children finally returned to school on January 18th. On January 19th, my oldest got sick and was kept home from school. We were told she had a sinus infection and an ear infection but should be well enough to return to school the next day. The next day, she was worse. By then her fever had shot up to 104, and I was told that she possibly had the flu and to expect fevers through the weekend. Fabulous. After missing 10 days of school, she was now going to miss even more school.

When Friday hit, even though she still had a fever, we didn’t have to worry about her being absent for a sick day. No, we had yet another snow day. Virginia finally returned to school on Monday the 24th. In the course of 17 days, she had been to school once. Virginia had a ton of make-up homework on Monday night. If that wasn’t stressful enough on the poor child’s education, I noticed on Tuesday her teachers posted assignments in the grading system that were both assigned and due in the time she was out sick. Before she even received the assignment, they had posted her grades as zeroes. Yes, big fat F’s. WHY? Isn’t it reasonable to at least wait until the child receives the assignment before putting a grade in the system for it? We worked diligently to get her assignments all caught up.

It is now Wednesday, January 26th, and guess what, the kids are out on their ninth snow day of this school year. Seriously?


3 comments on “The Month that Killed My Child’s Education

  1. Kris,

    Devils advocate: As a teacher, I post assignments online as I have them graded. This allows my students to have the best idea of their cuculative grade in my class at any given time. It also provides students who have been absent, like yours, the opportunity to know exactly what they’ve missed and need to make up. Many online grade books are set to treat a blank as a zero, and calculate students averages accordingly, so it may not be that teachers are physically entering a zero grade for your daughter. The tough thing about online grading systems is that they don’t allow us to update scores on an assignment for some students but not all. I wouldn’t get too bent out of shape; consider it an update on what your student has missed. Presuming she makes up her work according to the guidelines established in her school’s handbook, I’m sure those zeros will be converted once she’s turned her makeup work in.

    • Our grading system lets teachers leave blanks as well. The blank scores do not factor into the grade either. However, this time, the teacher actually typed in zeroes for her grade. That is why it frustrates me. I would be happy with blanks.

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