Procedures regarding the Illness, Misadventure, Late Submission and/or Non completion of assessment tasks / scheduled examinations on the due date:
Students who for a valid reason (e.g. illness, accident, family disturbance) are late in submitting a task or fail to complete the task or are absent on the day of the task or examination, must complete and submit to their class teacher an “Illness, Misadventure or Late Submission Appeal” form within five school days of their return to school. Apart from exceptional cases, failure to submit the form within five days may render any excuse invalid. Students should phone the school on the date of the task to explain the reason for their absence. For “Illness, Misadventure or Late Submission Appeal Form’ to be accepted, it must be accompanied by a doctor’s/medical certificate, a “Statutory declaration” form or any other relevant documentation.
Students who want to apply for an extension must do so on an “Illness, Misadventure or Late Submission Appeal” form before the task is due. Students cannot be given extensions unless an application is made.
The validity of reasons for late submission will be determined by the Head Teacher. The decision will be based on evidence supplied by the student. If the excuse for the late submission of a task or absence on the day of the task is valid, the task will be marked and the marks included in the student’s assessment. If the excuse is invalid, the student will usually receive zero marks or an appropriate penalty as determined by the school.
Students who wish to appeal the decision of the teacher and Head Teacher may do so in writing on the bottom of the “Illness, Misadventure or Late Submission Appeal” form. This form must then be given to the Deputy Principal, for review by the Assessment Review Panel.
If a student is involved in any type of malpractice he/she may be given zero marks for the task. The student will be given the right to explain his/her action to the teacher and Head Teacher. He/she may appeal the decision to the Assessment Review Panel.
Students must sit for in-class tasks or examinations as soon as possible after they return to school (in most cases on the day they return). Depending on the nature of the assessment, an alternate task/test may be set.
Any type of assessment task which is late (due to a student absence) must be handed in on the day the student returns to school. If the student has been unable to complete the task due to illness etc. that must be explained on the “Illness, Misadventure or Late Submission Appeal” form and the task handed in as soon as possible after his/her return to school.
‘Accelerated’ students’ need to ensure they understand all BOS rules regarding their studies and for the achievement of the Higher School Certificate.
An Invalid Task and/or a Non-Discriminating Task will result in another task of equal weighting being administered to the students of that course. All procedures for the notification of a task to students will be followed.
Examples of valid and invalid explanations on an “Illness, Misadventure or Late Submission Appeal” form.
Each application for special consideration due to accident, illness or misadventure is considered individually on the evidence provided by the student. The following examples are given as a general guide to what is usually acceptable and what is not.
- Illness supported by a doctor’s certificate.
- Family disruption due to serious illness, death or misadventure to a family member (supported by evidence).
- Accident in the period leading up to the due date of the assessment task.
- Participation in a school sanctioned activity (e.g. representing the school in sport, debating etc.). provided prior arrangements are made for the completion or submission of the task.
- Forgetting the task was due (it is the student’s responsibility to know when tasks are due).
- Inability to complete the task due to the pressure of other school work (prior application has to be made in these circumstances).
- Driving lessons or tests; job interviews; and non-urgent medical and dental appointments (these appointments must be organised so that they do not clash with assessment tasks or examinations).
- Work commitment outside school (assessment tasks take priority).
- Computer or printer breakdown (whenever a task is being completed on a computer, hard copies of drafts must be kept to prove the progress of the assignment).