Thankfully, I had one such correspondence today. One of my students had been caught copying the homework of another student in history class right before my English class. While both students are typically high-performing, A-students, we have a no cheating tolerance policy on our team that is strictly enforced. Any student caught cheating or helping another student cheat is issued a zero on that assignment or test with an immediate phone call home. We take this matter extremely seriously, as we are trying to prepare our eighth grade students for the even more dire consequences academic dishonesty brings with it in high school and college.
During lunch, I called both children's parents. The following is an email response I received back from the student caught cheating not long after (If only ALL parents could be this responsive, caring, thoughtful, proactive, and committed!!):