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FORGOT TO BRING YOUR HOMEWORK TO SCHOOL? FAX IT

If the dog eats your homework, that's one thing. But if your excuse is that you forgot it, then forget it - one school will accept it by fax.

The principal of Barret Traditional Middle School gave out the school's facsimile number during an open house last week. Since then, Donald Matlock said, parents have taken him up on the offer about a dozen times, mostly faxing homework or medical forms.He said he thought it would help parents avoid long commutes. "This is a service to the parents, not a concession to the kids," he said.

Matlock said one school counselor questioned whether it contradicted Barret's goal of teaching students responsibility. But, he said, the fax is to be used only for occasional, not routine, memory lapses.