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Board Office
359 Woodland Road

Madison, NJ 07940

Phone: 973-593-3101

Humanities: Lang Arts and History
 

MHS Language Arts Department Due Date, Late Work and Make-up Guidelines


The following policy is in effect as of September 2014:

When an English teacher assigns a task, such as an essay, paper or project, the assignment must be turned in at the beginning of the class period on the day it is due.

Any essay or project that is not submitted at the beginning of the class period on the day it is due is considered LATE.

Late work may be accepted within one day of a given due date, but that work will receive a 40% grade penalty.

Late work submitted more than one day after the due date will not be accepted for any credit and will receive a grade of zero. 
The department will consider 3:00 p.m. the day following the due date as the deadline for late work.  This will hold true for weekends and breaks as well.

No essay or project due dates are adjusted for absence; due dates are given well in advance. If absent, students should send in such work by the start time of the class period on the due date via email or with a reliable person who will bring the assignment to the teacher before the beginning of the class period on the day it is due. Teachers will accept work via email as “on time” provided the time stamp on the email is prior to the beginning of the class period on the due date and the file is accessible or the text is pasted directly into the body of the email.  If a student fails to submit an essay or project via email or through a reliable person on the day that it is due this work is considered LATE and subject to the 40% grade penalty.

 

College visitation days and unofficial vacation days are never excused absences.

 

Suggestions for Students to Avoid the Late Penalty:

Students should take textbooks and notebooks home each night. They should also select at least two class contacts whom they KNOW have good attendance and homework records, and phone those contacts the evening of the absence to check on class work and homework assignments.

 

In the event of extreme or unavoidable circumstances, teachers will handle each case individually.  Any requests for due date extensions, however, must be presented to the teacher at least one day before the due date. 


Teachers are under no obligation to grant extensions, but each individual English teacher will exercise discretion in matters as they arise.

In all cases, communication between the student and teacher is absolutely essential; parental involvement is encouraged when reasons for a requested extension involve family or medical issues.

If a student experiences a printer malfunction or printer access problems, the student should email the work to the teacher before the class meets on the due date.  Teachers will accept work via email as “on time” provided the time stamp on the email is prior to the beginning of the class period on the due date and the file is accessible or the text is pasted directly into the body of the email.  Emailing work does not excuse students from providing a print copy, however, if the assignment requires printed work.

In the case of anticipated absences, students may elect to submit assignments in person to the teacher prior to the absence or submit assignments electronically on the due date, bearing in mind that the time stamp must be before the beginning of the class period on the due date and the file is accessible or the text is pasted directly into the body of the email.  However, considering the potential for technology and internet connectivity issues, students are encouraged to submit work prior to anticipated absences.


 
 
 
 
 
The following guidelines have now been adopted for general use by the English department. Teachers may modify any of the requirements below depending upon the grade level or the needs of specific classes.

 

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