One of the things I hate dealing with is parents and little brothers and sisters coming in at the end of the day wanting the missed homework for an ill student. The way I deal with this is to have a student sitting next to the absent student is designated as the sick helper. Their job is to write on a sheet of paper all due assignments, all papers collected, and any other information needed by the absent student. At the end of the day, the sick helper puts the assignment sheet in a 'sick folder' and puts all the textbooks that are needed on the absent child's desk. We approach this as a community service that will be returned to you when you also need it. It promotes group support and leaves me more time to deal with the end of the day activities that we all have.