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Melissa Wong
Student emailed me today that she is has symptoms of COVID-19 (no testing available), apologizing profusely for late assignment. Since this will start happening to many instructors, here's a script for an appropriate reply:
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Melissa Wong Apr 5
Replying to @LISafterclass
I am so sorry you are sick. Please do not worry about missing the due date. IT IS FINE. I am not worried and there will not be a late penalty. We can chat about the course when you are healthy again.
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Melissa Wong Apr 5
Replying to @LISafterclass
More importantly: 1. Do you live with an adult who can care for you (and any children)? 2. Do you have enough food & essential supplies? 3. Since your caregiver (if you have one), will be quarantined for at least 14 days, do you have a way to get more food?
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Melissa Wong Apr 5
Replying to @LISafterclass
That's it. That's the reply you send to your student. Be human first.
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Melissa Wong Apr 6
Replying to @lovensurf
We absolutely should be doing this in non-pandemic times as well. My late work policies are always lenient - life happens! I'm more concerned about quality of work, not a deadline I set semi-arbitrarily when I created the syllabus months earlier.
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Josh S. Apr 6
Replying to @LISafterclass
I’ve just dealt with something similar but their family member did not make it. That night is the night I broke down - everything I’d do to help my student, I couldn’t. I could offer resources and get them support, but I couldn’t be there the way I wanted. It broke my heart.
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Melissa Wong Apr 6
Replying to @Josh_HigherEd
I think it is inevitable that students (and our colleagues and friends) will be losing people they care about it. I dread the coming weeks. I hope you are taking care of yourself as well as your students.
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Tiffany Herrera Apr 6
Replying to @LISafterclass
What a nice professor. Mine simply said no late points and assumed I would be dropping out
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Melissa Wong Apr 6
Replying to @Tiffany31183178
I'm so sorry to hear this. All student deserve better.
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Mark Bevan Apr 6
Wouldn't they be eligible for an extension of the deadline anyway seeing as they are ill?
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Melissa Wong Apr 6
Replying to @DMarkyB @jesswade
In my courses, absolutely. As I've learned lately, for many faculty, apparently not.
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