A reply in another post reminded me that I've been meaning to post something about missing school.
It hurts kids' grades.
There's no getting around it. I'm not saying one missed day a marking period has a huge impact, but when students miss more than a couple of days it is bound to hurt their grades for the marking period.
I often have parents wondering why a child's grades have dropped. When I point out that several, or many, days were missed they are often confused how this relates to grades. The answer I often hear is...
"But he did all the makeup work."
Make up work doesn't cover a day's worth of learning. I have my students for over 5 hours a day. I might send home 2-3 pages of missed work per day. That doesn't replace the 5 hours of learning that took place in the classroom while the child was out.
Written work in school serves two purposes:
1. to practice a skill introduced in a lesson
2. to asses mastery of a skill that's been taught.
Written work doesn't actually teach the student anything new.
So when your child does all the make up work that's great. But it doesn't replace the lesson and activities done in class that prepared the students for the written work.
I wonder how many parents really think about this.