Damaged instrument consequences?
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What is the consequence at your school for a student who fails to return a school instrument or returns it damages? Our current policy is to withhold report cards, but my principal says parents don’t seem to care about that much anymore…
I make any student (and parent) that borrows a school owned instrument sign a contract stating that if it is returned damaged, that they are responsible for covering the cost of repairs of the instrument. I also treat that instrument (and band uniforms as well) as if it were a textbook – meaning if they don’t return it, it becomes a financial obligation with the school. All financial obligations must be met before a student can graduate from high school (at least here). So far this has worked for me. Once a student (or parent) sees a bill for a $1500 instrument, they are more inclined to return it.
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