Use this slip any time a student does not have an assignment the day it is due. First, print on colored paper, fill in how many points you take off per day in the blank space on the top, and leave out in a bin somewhere in your classroom.
Anytime a student does not have a project or other major assignment on its due date, have that student get a slip and fill out his or her name, class, date, and what the assignment was. Then have him or her check off the reason for not having the assignment on time and sign it. Keep the slip and attach it to the assignment once it is handed in. Fill out the Teacher Use Only Box, calculating how many points should be deducted. You can also place a copy of the form in the student's personal file as documentation of the late assignment.