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Withholding Grades for Failure to Return School Property

Teachers cannot reduce a student’s grade for failing to return school property. However, they can choose to hold back grades and transcripts until the school property is returned or payment is made for any damage caused. According to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-221(d), school boards have the authority to establish rules that impose penalties on students who damage or do not return textbooks, library materials, or other educational resources. Additionally, they are allowed to charge students for such items and may delay issuing grades, transcripts, or report cards until the student settles the payment or returns the materials.

A teacher cannot arbitrarily decide to withhold grades from a specific student who fails to return school property. The statute indicates that “boards of education may prescribe rules to impose sanctions” for students who damage or do not return textbooks, library books, or other educational materials. Therefore, a district must establish a formal rule to enforce such sanctions. This ensures that students are aware of expectations and understand potential outcomes if they fail to return textbooks, laptops, or other school property, or if they need to pay for any damages incurred.

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