Due Dates and Deadlines
Our courses require due dates and enforce deadlines. We consider due date management to be an essential skill for college or job preparation. Also, we need students to honor deadlines so our teachers can effectively manage their own workload. TPS teachers will deduct 5-10% per day for late work submitted to them. They will extend grace when circumstances beyond the family’s control preclude timely submission, but only where the problem could not have been anticipated and where the student continues to make reasonable effort to submit the work as close to the deadline as possible.
School Breaks and Sabbath Days
TPS does not require students to work during school breaks or on their “Sabbath” day. TPS commits that all assignments will offer every student sufficient time to complete the assignment outside of school breaks and a weekly Sabbath day.
However, to get everything done by the due dates without working on breaks or Sabbath days, a student must plan ahead and set personal milestones without falling behind. This is particularly true for mid-terms and finals, when exams, essays and projects tend to be due close together. TPS provides tools to help with this management, including an Assignments view that lists all upcoming assignment details for all classes in one place, as a planning aid for students and parents. Students should not expect teachers to do this individual planning for them, nor to change due dates or grant individual extensions to support individual planning.
On the other hand, many students and families prefer to use school breaks for some schoolwork, to support their own flexibility in home schooling. To support this preference, TPS classes may have some due dates that occur during breaks, but there will also always be sufficient time outside of the break for students who plan wisely and work diligently. Families should consider any due dates scheduled during breaks as optional extensions, not as expectations for work to be done during break.
Individual or Family Planned Events
In general, students are expected to submit assignments on time even when classes are missed, including for planned events (e.g., sports events, recitals, debate contests, family travel). When a particular planned event (e.g., service trip) will necessarily preclude timely submission, we expect the family to increase the student’s workload before the event and submit the work in advance rather than allowing the student to fall behind and increasing the student’s workload afterward. For work that cannot be completed in advance (e.g., it may not be wise or feasible to make a test available early to a single student), students must propose specific revised due dates for each assignment affected, and must have this plan approved prior to the missed class time. Extensions for planned events will generally not be granted without prior approval.
Academic Term Completion
Every academic term (e.g., Summer, Full Year, Fall, Spring) has a final date for accepting student work. These can be found on the Academic Calendar. These “StudyPlace Closing” dates are not flexible, and cannot be extended for individual students. Students who fail to submit all work completed and in the correct format prior to the final date of the term will be graded based on the work actually submitted, and work sent later (e.g., by email or postal mail) will not be considered.