Absences: MAKE UP WORK

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Tiffany:  My son is 18 and in his senior year of high school. He has an IEP for EBD and is LD in math. He was in an accident and missed 11 days of school under a doctors care. He will be unable to finish his semester course work in time due to the 11 days he missed. He does receive educational services during the day. His school has recently let me know they will extend his semester so he came finish. My issue is that the extension that has been offered is over his Christmas break. Can the school legally require my son to use his holiday to complete his course work, especially when he receives services?

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Michelle A
05/22/2017 10:26 am

My son sustained a serious concussion on April 8, and has missed close to 20 days of school. The school administration has said that all work needs to be made up and turned in by June 5, when school ends, He is just trying to go back to school for full days this week (May 22). He had attempted partial days and was still getting headaches and coming home to sleep for hours. Now that he has improved somewhat, they expect him jump right in to a full work load. Can the school force him to make up all that work, plus take finals in less than 2 weeks, after missing 20 days?

05/23/2017 11:07 am
Reply to  Michelle A

District policy may or may not address this type of situation, but ask to see the policy. Also there should be a procedure for appealing campus decisions that you can use.

Ex. Ed. Teach
05/30/2017 12:15 pm
Reply to  Michelle A


Because the student suffered a concussion that is a medical issue separate from the IEP. Ask your doctor to write a note detailing the amount of work/assignments the student can complete per week. This is not unusual as many students who suffer from a concussion receive these services.

04/01/2018 3:45 am
Reply to  Michelle A

What ever happened ? My son got a concussion Dec 10th and was not able to take tests until April. There is no way he can make up all his work by year end. He is Also an honors student. I am looking to solutions

Sharon L.
12/08/2016 5:47 pm

If it were me I would be happy that they are letting you do this. You can request some time in the first week of January.