Local School Division Has Other Steps Before Giving Students Zeros For Missed Assignments
An Edmonton teacher in hot water for giving zeros to students for not handing in assignments is getting attention across the country for his tough stance.
But local educators say a collaborative effort is what helps students stay on the rails to complete their work and pass their courses.
Peace Wapiti Superintendent Sheldon Rowe says there's no district-wide "no zeros" policy here, but schools do have methods on helping students who lag in submitting assignments.
"If we are dealing with a student who didn't get a mark that is high enough on the final to justify passing, three of our schools offer the opportunity for the student to sit down with the teacher, and meet and go back and identify the areas that they need to improve, and re-submit, so that they end up passing."
Rowe says those "team" efforts involving teachers, parents and the students help everyone understand what expectations are, and what happens when those expectations aren't met.
Physics teacher Lynden Dorval was suspended in mid-May for giving students zeros on assignments they failed to hand in.
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