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5 Tips to Help Your Child Get Back On Track After Missing School

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Whether your child has been sick or injured, there’s been a family emergency, or an extended vacation–if they’ve missed time away from school–it can be difficult to catch up. In fact, many children feel completely overwhelmed and are unable to get back on track. This is an opportunity to help your child learn to manage challenging situations and to gain confidence and skills.

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1. Make a List – Have your child gather all of the missing assignments, quizzes, and tests from their teachers. Some teachers won’t allow children to make up past labs or in-class activities. Your child may need to write a paper or work on extra credit projects to make up for missed classwork. The list of assignments will help your child begin to get a handle on what he or she needs to do.

2. Know the Rules – It can help to know the teacher’s rules about missed assignments. For example, some teachers have an open-ended approach, and as long as the assignment is turned in before the end of the unit or semester, it’s okay. In other cases a child may only have a few days, or as many as they missed, to turn the work in. If your child missed a week of class, then he or she should have a week to get the material completed.

3. Make a Plan – The list will help your child devise a plan to complete the work. For example, academic classes can take priority over electives. Focus on one class at a time and tackle the hardest, or easiest, subject first. Guide your child to make the right decisions on his or her own.

4. Talk to the Teachers – In some cases, especially if your child is young, it may be necessary to support a homework plan by talking together to each of the individual teachers. Call or email and let them know you’ll be stopping by with your child to go over their missed schoolwork. This gives the opportunity to prepare the information and will save you time.

5. Be Proactive When Possible – If your child has been out of school for more than a day or two, get in touch with the teachers or stop by the school. Get the assignments your child has missed and will miss, as well as their books. He or she may be unable to attend school but can manage to start on homework and spend some of the days studying.

Finally, if your child was struggling in a subject before he or she missed school, consider getting help right away. Schedule some time with the teacher, get a tutor, and provide support before it gets to be too much. Children all miss school from time to time. It doesn’t have to derail their year and set them back.

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