A. Turn in the project late. After all, your absence is excused so the teacher won't take off any points.
B. Send the project to school with a friend or have a parent drop it off so it's on time.
C. Give the project to your teacher early. That way, you know it's all taken care of---your mind can rest easy during your trip.
D. Turn in the project late. Sue the school when you receive no credit for the work.
If you're a student at Sissonville High School, apparently the answer is "D."
This case has a variety of interesting points for me. I understand why teachers have a no late work policy (I used to be one of them); but it is also unreasonable to punish a student with grades. Did the kid make the wrong choice? Sure. Did the kid complete a quality project? Apparently, she did. Give her the grade and then assign a consequence separately.
Bill McGinley, legal counsel for the West Virginia Education Association, said the union would be watching the lawsuit closely.
"We're very interested in this," he said. "Especially in the notion of protecting the integrity of teacher's grading, as well as student responsibility.I hope to find a way to learn about the outcome of this story. It's one of those which, to me, doesn't have a clear winner: both parties are out of order in one way or another. Will they be laughed out of court? Will things be taken seriously and policy be shaped? In the grand scheme of things, a leaf project is not as big of a deal as the family of this student is making it to be. If things truly get to the point of litigation, my hunch is that the court will find in favour of the school district because no true harm was done to the child's academic record. It's not like the kid can't get into college now. But I hope the teacher is thinking carefully about grading practices, too...and what will be in place for next year's leaf project.
Update: If you are interested in the outcome of this saga, you can read all about it here.