The Board of Education acknowledges the educational importance and validity of work assigned to pupils for completion outside the classroom. Homework is a necessary extension of the instructional program of the schools in grades Kindergarten to twelve.
The Superintendent shall develop regulations for the assignment of homework according to these guidelines:
1. Homework should be a properly planned part of the curriculum, extending and reinforcing the learning experience of the school.
2. Homework should help children learn by providing practice in the mastery of skills, experience in data gathering and integration of knowledge and an opportunity to remediate learning problems.
3. Homework should help develop the pupil’s responsibility and provide an opportunity for the exercise of independent work and judgment.
4. The number, frequency and degree of difficulty of homework assignments should be based on the age, ability, level and needs of the pupil.
5. As a valid educational process, homework should be clearly assigned and its product carefully evaluated. That evaluation should be reported to the pupil.
6. The schools recognize the very important role of parents and will suggest ways in which parents may assist the school in helping a child carry out his/her assigned responsibilities.
Grades Kindergarten through 4
The purpose of all homework is to develop a sense of academic discipline and responsibility within the students as well as provide an opportunity for reviewing or extending the skills learned in the classroom. Parent(s) or legal guardian(s) involvement with homework is integral and paramount.
Homework is given on a daily basis in the primary schools, with the grade level guidelines usually indicated to parents at the beginning of the year at conferences and/or Back-to-School Night. Homework may be assigned in any subject area for the purpose of reinforcement, enrichment, or review. Any work not completed during class could also be assigned as homework. Homework assignments may vary from day to day and cover different subjects depending on the lesson emphasized for a particular unit. If a child has been ill, the work that he/she has missed may also be given as homework.
In most cases, homework assignments will not exceed the following time:
Kindergarten: 0 – 5 minutes
Grade 1: 20 minutes
Grade 2: 20 – 30 minutes
Grade 3 and 4: 30 – 60 minutes
Primary school is the foundation for all future learning. The formation of proper homework and study skills is essential for success throughout a child’s academic career.
Grades 5 through 6
Students are expected to have daily homework assignments. The regular assignments should serve two purposes:
1. Reinforcement of skills through additional practice of drill exercises; or by memorization of facts, spelling, poetry, or other valuable materials; and studying for tests and quizzes.
2. The development of worthwhile educational and leisure time activities that consist of:
a. Educational and recreational reading, listening or observing.
b. Purposeful or creative writing, art, or science activities. Research activities involving the securing of information through various channels as reading, or actually engaging in educational projects.
If a child ever tells a parent they never have any homework, parents should contact their child’s team of teachers immediately. As a rule of thumb, the suggested amount of homework time spent by children each day should be grades 5 and 6 up to sixty minutes.
All homework assignments will be relevant to the subject matter being taught, and completed homework will be checked. All homework assignments are to conform to the same standards as daily classroom assignments.
1. Standard paper size (8×11) is to be utilized.
2. Standard heading.
3. Proper sentence structure.
4. Correct spelling.
5. Neatness and legibility.
6. Use of pencil (unless otherwise specified).
7. Completed on time.
The following conditions are most important in students achieving academic success:
1. Positive expectations of parents.
2. A sense of order in approaching work.
3. A sense of purpose in accomplishment, relatively quiet working place.
4. A pleasure in learning.
*Students are responsible for all work missed while absent. Oftentimes, a classmate can provide the assignments and work missed.
Grades 7 and 8
The suggested amount of homework time spent by children each day should be grades 7 and 8 is thirty to ninety minutes.
Occasionally, less than the minimum time noted may be spent on homework. Homework, this will be a rare occurrence. There will, however, be other times when special projects, book reports, test preparation, or just additional review work will necessitate additional time. In addition to assigned homework, students should be encouraged to spend thirty to forty-five minutes per night reading for pleasure. This time, like study time, should be free of all distractions such as TV, stereo, and the telephone. Students can expect homework on a daily basis as per guidelines noted in the handbook.
Late Homework Policy
Late homework will be accepted over a three day period at which time the grade will be decreased by a certain percentage determined by the classroom teacher. After three days a grade of zero will be given.
General Homework Tips
1. Have a study area with the proper lighting, comfortable seating and sufficient work area. If possible, noises and distractions should be eliminated. No phone, radio, stereo and/or TV watching.
2. Plan a specific time, preferably not right after school. Setting the same time each day develops discipline.
3. Have materials and tools ready – paper, pencils or pen, eraser, and everything needed. Avoid easy excuses for wasting time.
4. Take up subjects in the order they come at school, or begin with the hardest first, whichever is best for you.
5. Divide your time between subjects, so you will have some time for all your lessons. Do not let even the hardest subject absorb all your time.
6. Complete all assignments yourself and to the best of your ability.
7. Make- sure your work is neat with correct heading, proper spelling, punctuation and capitalization.
8. Make sure you hand in your work on time, and you immediately make up any homework assignments you missed due to absence. Failure to complete homework in· a timely manner will result in lower grades or possible loss of credit.
Issued: 21 April 2005