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Homework plays an important part not only in the student's growth and improvement in academic skills, but also in the development of good study habits. In fact, most research studies concerning effective school programs indicate that the proper application of a homework policy is characteristic of effective schools and is related to student achievement.

The homework assigned by our teachers is designed to provide extra practice in and reinforcement of the skills taught in the classroom. Typically, a teacher may expect and/or require a student to devote up to twenty minutes (grade 1), thirty minutes (grades 2-3) and forty-five minutes (grades 4-5) to after school study time not more than four days per week.This time frame assumes that your child is actively working and focused on the homework assignment without distractions.  Your child's teacher will review your child's homework program at the parent/teacher/student compact meeting at the beginning of the school year

.An excessive amount of time required for homework is a signal that something is WRONG. It's time to call your child's teacher. Generally, when students must devote an excessive amount of time to homework, it is due to one or both of the following:
1. The student may not be applying himself. For example, anyone can easily take an hour to complete a thirty minute task due to frequent interruptions, distractions or lack of attentiveness.
2. Some of the work may be that which was intended and expected by the teacher to be completed during class time. When students fail to complete class work in the allotted class time, that work must be completed at home.

If either of these conditions exist and the child seems to be devoting an inappropriate amount of time to school work at home, please contact the teacher immediately to determine and resolve the problem. If allowed to continue, this situation is stressful to the student, parent, and certainly, the teacher.

Parents can be helpful in making homework meaningful and productive for the student. We encourage the following:
1. Establish a regular time and place in the home for the child to do homework. The place should be relatively free of distractions. The time must be determined by the family's schedule; however, a consistent time each day is most conducive to the development of good study habits.
2. Remember that the responsibility for completing homework assignments is the STUDENT'S,
not the parents. Students are not required to do at home anything they do not know how to do or are incapable of doing. Parents should be expected only to encourage the child and provide some guidance, when necessary.
3. Inform the teacher immediately if difficulties occur with respect to the student's homework routine.
4. Do not allow the student to fall into the habit of making excuses for not completing homework assignments If there is a legitimate reason for not completing the assignment, the parent should contact the teacher. The teacher may, then, allow the student to turn in the assignment late.

Homework Plan

This plan complies with Board Policy 6154.  Guidelines for Homework.(Where guidelines differ by grade level or subject area, indicate the grade level/subject area.)

2.6.1 Frequency and Average Amount of Homework (List by grade level and/or subject area.)

Kindergarten and first grade will assign homework as appropriate.  Second through fifth grade students should average homework four days per week.  It is acceptable that assignments be given or some weekends or holidays. The amount of time per night for homework should, in general, use the following formula: student’s grade X’s 10 minutes plus 10 minutes (a third grade student would have an average of 30 to 40 minutes of homework, four nights a week).  Nightly independent reading is not included in this average. Consideration must be given individual students’ differing learning and ability levels in assigning homework.

2.6.2 Grade Weight of Homework

Homework grades will reflect in both academic and effort grading, as delineated on the report card.

2.6.3 Homework Make-Up Procedures

Illness/Excused Absences:  Students will be given an appropriate amount of time to make-up the work based on the reason for their absence and the amount of work they are capable of doing in consideration of their absence.   

Late Work:  Students will be encouraged to turn-in late or missing homework with at least partial credit given for work that is handed in within a reasonable time period.

Consequences for Chronic Late or Missing Work:  The teacher of a student who is chronic with late and missing homework should have a plan of progressive consequences, which should include parent notification by note or letter, and an in-school or phone conference with the parent(s).  If remediation is not forthcoming, the teacher should notify the administrator.  The teacher will document each step taken in this process.

2.6.4 Guidelines for Appropriate Parent Involvement in Homework



Parent involvement will vary at each grade level, with greater responsibility expected of the students to complete and turn-in homework as they progress through the grades.   Parents should help facilitate homework, participate in assignments that call for parental involvement, but should never do the homework for children.  It should not be the parent’s role to bring in assignments left at home.  Key components of parent involvement are to: 1) Set up a consistent, organized and distraction free place for homework to be done; 2) Establish either a consistent schedule for completing homework, or help create a schedule that reflects a particular week's activities and where nightly homework will fit into it;  3) Check to see that homework assignments are completed;  4)  Express interest in what the student is learning, 5) Maintain communication with the teacher if assignments seem to cause  a student continuing problems; 6) Insist on proper use and care of books and materials.  Parents should not be expected to teach students new skills.

2.6.5 Means by Which Parents Will Be Informed about Expectations

At the beginning of each school year, teachers will provide parents information regarding their classroom and grade level homework expectations, grading policy and suggest ways parents may assistance their children in completing homework assignments.  Students in grades 5-8 will record their nightly and long-term homework assignments in their reminder binders / calendars, stored in their notebooks.  Teachers will make themselves available to communicate individually with parents regarding homework issues and be open to appropriate modifications in assignments and expectations of a student’s work.

2.6.6 In School Procedures to Teach Study Habits


Teachers will regularly review appropriate general study habits for successfully completing homework.  Teachers will also prepare students for any special requirements for individual assignments, being certain that students have the study skills needed to master the academic content of the assignment.

2.6.7 Access to Resources, Materials, Assistance/Support

It will be the teacher’s responsibility to be sure that students have access to resources, materials and support needed to complete a homework assignment.  Modification of assignments on an individual student basis may be needed for some homework assignments.

2.6.8 Coordination of Assignments, Tests Among Teachers

Planning of homework assignments will  insure assignments are standards content-driven, that teachers and grade levels teaming within or across curriculum are aware of homework assignments and testing being given by instructors other than the homeroom teacher, and that the amount of homework conforms to 2.6.1 above.

2.6.9 Procedures for Informing Students of Link Between Homework Assignment and Standards

As with all assignments, teachers will be sure that students understand the relationship between a homework assignment and the individual objectives and overall curriculum goals of the content standard(s) to which the assignment is linked.  This information should be stated at the start of the lesson or upon assignment of the homework.


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