This .doc late work pass handout gives students a "free pass" for 1 late assignment per quarter. Students attach the pass, turn in the late work no questions asked.
I give these passes to students at the beginning of the year and emphasize that things comes up but I don't like to hear excuses. This pass excuses them from having to explain why their work is late once. Beyond that, I handle late work on an individual basis and for penalty.
*I used a font called "A Little Sunshine" that is available to download for free at www.dafont.com.