Late Submission of Work

According to the Ontario Ministry Growing Success 2010 document, teachers will provide students with due and cut-off dates. After the cut-off date, teachers may deduct marks for late assignments, up to and including the full value of the assignment. After the cut-off date, work may not be accepted.

Mr. Laxton's Late Work Policy

Work is due on the class assigned assignment due date. The cut-off date is always 5 days (not periods) after the due date. After 5 days, work will not be accepted except for special circumstances prearranged with the teacher. All final performance task practical projects will be due two days before the end of the course. The cut-off date is the last day of the course and work may not be accepted.

Students who do not hand in their work in on or before the due date will lose 5% per day up to including 25% off their mark for up to and including the cut-off date. Work after 5 days will not be accepted.

After the assignment cut-off date, a student contract will be completed by the teacher with the student, which outlines the reason(s) for the student not handing in the assignment on or before the cut-off date. The contract will be taken home by the student for parents to read and sign. It will then be returned the following day to Mr. Laxton.

The contract includes the teacher's comments, and if necessary, an alternate date, time and place for the student to complete the work. There is also a section for parent comments.

If no work has been received after 5 days past the cut-off date, a grade of zero (0) will be assigned to the student for lack of evidence for the work.

The following picture illustrates an example of a completed sample student contract:

For students not handing in work on or before the assignment cut-off date, please read 'What Happens If You Miss a Deadline' below.

If a student knows that he or she is not going to be able to hand in an assignment on or before the due date, let Mr. Laxton know before the assignment due date, NOT on or after the due date. The steps in the 'What Happens If You Miss a Deadline' below will be set in place to make sure the student can hand in his or her work with minimal mark penalties. Waiting until the assignment due date has passed is not being academically responsible nor is it acceptable practice for any academic student.

Every student has a responsibility to hand in work on time as mandated by the Halton Board and Ontario Ministry of Education.

Halton Board Information

What Happens If You Miss a Deadline?

If you miss a deadline (due date), your teachers will follow these steps to support you getting your work done:
  1. Conference with the student to ensure the completion of the late or missing assignments and work with the student to help them reflect on and learn from the experience, plus help the student to make a plan to get the work handed in, to understand what happened, and think about how the student can learn from the experience so it does not happen again.
  2. Set up a contract with you (either oral or written) which includes and approriate closure date (the very last date this work will be accepted) for submission of the missing evidence.
  3. Ensure students and parent(s)/guardian(s) are informed of the incomplete assignments that are having a significant impact on the student's overall achievement. Your teacher will make sure your parents or guardians know that you have not handed in work and that it is having an impact on your achievement.
  4. In the event of a lack of evidence of student achievement that is having a significant impact on a student's success, refer the student to the appropriate Student Success, Guidance, or School Team for further student support.
Completing your work and meeting deadlines matters!

Your teachers might use some of the following additional strategies to help you get your work done if they think they might help you to be more successful:
  • require the student to complete the work at an alternative time;
  • work collaboratively with parent(s)/ guardian(s) to support the student's management of workloads and dealines to get work completed and handed in;
  • speak with the student to better understand the circumstances and special considerations that might be affecting how he or she completes and hands in his or her work;
  • in grades 9 - 12, deduct a grade penalty of 5% per school day;
  • ask you to demonstrate your understanding in a different way than was originally planned
  • monitor, document and seek to continuously improve your understanding and demonstration of academic honesty.

Meeting Timelines & Academic Honesty

Halton Goals
  • All students will demonstrate the learning skills and work habits required to responsibly complete their work and meet deadlines.
  • All students will demonstrate academic honesty when completing their work.
  • Schools will instruct, monitor and remediate the learning skills students require to responsibly complete their work and meet deadlines.
What is the student's responsibility?
  • To keep a schedule of your responsibilities, evaluation timelines and due dates.
  • To work with your teachers to manage your timelines to meet your responsibilities.
  • To demonstrate academic honesty by doing and handing in your own work and following the rules provided for all tasks, tests and assignments.
How will students be supported?

Your teachers will...
  • help you to develop the learning skills and work habits you need to demonstrate so you can successfully manage and meet due dates.
  • emphasize the importance of the responsible completion of work and academic honesty.
  • clearly communicate the timelines and due dates for evaluations.
  • monitor your progress toward meeting due dates.
  • support your achievement by teaching you:
    • how to use planning and organizational tools needed to complete tasks;
    • how to manage the details of big projects and tasks;
    • how to responsibly manage your workload and responsibilities when you have many important responsibilities and assignments (both in and out of school).
  • share expectations for academic honesty when each evaluation is being introduced.
Academic Dishonesty
  • in all cases, communication with parents will take place
  • in minor occurances of improper citation, the student will be required to revise the assignment and will be referred to the librarian for assistance
  • all other cases will be referred to an appointed in-school panel of an administrator, and designated department head from the department concerned.

How will we ensure academic honesty?
  1. Keep track of incidences of cheating and plagiarism, and keep trying to improve how well you and other students in your school understand and demonstrate academic honesty.
  2. If you have not met the Board’s expectation of academic honesty a consequence will be applied which will help you to understand the vital importance of academic honesty and the seriousness of dishonest behaviour. The consequence will take into account the circumstances, your grade, the course you’re in, your maturity, how important the evaluation is and whether you have had previous incidents of academic dishonesty.
What happens if a teacher believes you have plagiarized or cheated?

If your teacher believes you have plagiarized or cheated your teacher will:
  1. Discuss and explain the evidence of cheating and/or plagiarism in your work to ensure the you understand why your academic honesty is being questioned;
  2. Consult with school administration to determine appropriate consequences;
  3. Inform your parent(s)/guardian(s) and/or refer you to your principal or vice principal who will decide on an appropriate consequence;
  4. Apply an appropriate consequence;
  5. School administration will keep a record of the cheating or plagiarism and take into account previous problems if you are found to have cheated or plagiarised again.
Cheating and plagiarism are serious issues!

Consequences that may be applied to encourage the honest completion of work:
  • supervise you while you to redo the work (or alternative work);
  • discuss with your principals and assign a grade penalty up to the full value of the assignment;
  • discuss the issues with other people in the school (guidance, student success, etc.) to problem solve and help ensure this will not happen again;
  • limit your eligibility for school awards;
  • suspend you;
  • assign other consequences for your behaviour as appropriate.