When I started this long term subbing assignment, I told the kiddos they could turn in late work. I wasn't sure what the actual class policy was, but considering everything, I figured being too lenient wasn't a bad thing.
I did tell them that they'd lose points for late work. And then I didn't take points off when I graded and recorded late work. So many who were turning in late work needed the points, and their grades were going from Fs to Ds or Cs.
So, when Greer asked me if she could turn in late work, I didn't even hesitate when I said yes.
It was the honors class (read: the kiddos who usually get As). Greer had missed several days and hadn't turned in any work in a week. When she asked in the chat if she could talk to me after class, I wondered if I was in trouble.
Once everyone else had left the meet, Greer asked about turning in late work. She apologized for not being on top of her schoolwork, and she said it wasn't that she didn't want to do the work. Then she dropped the bomb.
Her family had been evicted from their home, and she had been worried about that.
Um. Yeah. I can see how schoolwork might suddenly be hard to concentrate on.
Suddenly my not docking late work didn't seem like such a bad idea.