Originally Posted by mar123
One reason that a teacher sends home work to be completed when a child is sick is because what is taught is often consecutive. If a child has no idea what was done while absent, he or she will be confused and possibly fall behind when returning.
(OP here.) Thanks -- it helps to view it from this perspective rather than feeling like we're being punished for keeping him home from school. I do want him to know all the concepts, but I'm feeling pressured to return every piece of paper completed -- in our school handbook, it says that students have 1 extra day per day of absence to complete classwork. So since he was out 4 days I guess that'd mean all this would be due next Thursday (assuming weekends don't count)? Which I guess sounds like a lot of time, but this is a LOT of work -- it's definitely all of his usual classwork and not just a sampling. It took us a total of about 3 hours to get through all the work from just one day (actually we still have 2 papers from that day to finish), and we have 3 more packets to complete. And next week, assuming he's in school, he'll have his regular homework to complete (which we have been keeping up on this week), so spending an extra hour or two per night would really be a lot of work.
Ugh, I'm just frustrated with the whole thing. Last semester, DS was out sick 3 times (legitimately sick, having either thrown up the night before or with a fever, which the handbook says are the only 2 valid reasons to keep them home) and we got an admonishing letter sent home! I realize that the school loses money when he's not there, and many families probably do lie about absences, but it's really frustrating to play by the rules and still be treated like we're being "bad." And I guess this whole classwork thing sort of feels like that, like they think he must really be well enough to sit there and do hours of work every day, when he's really lying there glassy eyed and dizzy, not even interested in having a piece of the cake I made.