The Governing Board recognizes that meaningful homework assignments can be a valuable extension of student learning time and assist students in developing good study habits. Homework shall be assigned when necessary to support classroom lessons, enable students to complete unfinished assignments, or review and apply academic content for better understanding. The Superintendent or designee shall collaborate with school administrators and teachers to develop and regularly review guidelines for the assignment of homework and the related responsibilities of students, staff, and parents/guardians.
Homework assignments shall be reasonable in length and appropriate to the grade level and course. The Board expects that the number, frequency, and degree of difficulty of homework assignments will increase with the grade level and the maturity of students. Teachers shall assign homework only as necessary to fulfill academic goals and reinforce current instruction.
(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)
Age-appropriate instruction may be given to help students allocate their time wisely, meet their deadlines, and develop good personal study habits. At the beginning of the school year, teachers shall communicate homework expectations to students and their parents/guardians.
Although it is the student's responsibility to complete assignments independently, parents/guardians may serve as a resource and are encouraged to ensure that their child's homework assignments are completed. When a student repeatedly fails to complete his/her homework, the teacher shall notify the student's parents/guardians as soon as possible so that corrective action can be taken prior to the release of any final grades or report cards.
(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)
(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)
Students who miss school work shall be given the opportunity to complete all assignments and tests that can be reasonably provided. As determined by the teacher, the assignments and tests shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the assignments and tests missed during the absence. Students shall receive full credit for work satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time.
Shull School Policy: Assigned homework is to be clear and relevant to ongoing class studies and provides needed practice, remediation or enrichment. It is to be a factor in assessment and grading.
The total amount of homework, NOT including independent reading (as outlined below) is based on the following recommended guidelines:
Kindergarten should be assigned homework no more than four times per week, requiring an average time of ten (10) minutes each night to complete.
First grade students should be assigned homework no more than four times per week, requiring an average time of ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes each night to complete.
Second grade students should be assigned homework no more than four times per week, requiring an average time of twenty (20) minutes each night to complete.
Third grade students should be assigned homework no more than four times per week, requiring an average time of thirty (30) minutes each night to complete.
Fourth grade students should be assigned homework no more than four times per week, requiring an average time of forty (40) minutes each night to complete.
Fifth grade students should be assigned homework no more than four times per week, requiring an average time of Fifty (50) minutes each night to complete.
In addition to regular homework, students are expected to read outside of school daily. Students are to be given the opportunity to self-select reading materials at their independent reading levels. Below are suggested guidelines for accomplishing this goal.
For grades K-3, 80-120 minutes per week.
For grades 4-5, 120-150 minutes per week
You can assist your child’s learning progress by following a few simple processes:
The following are the current recommended sleep guidelines as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation:
Limit the amount of total screen time, including television and/or video game play. Especially limit that which includes violence.
Read with your child every week night and on weekends.
Provide a variety of reading material.
Be sure your child eats a good breakfast before coming to school.
Provide an appropriate place to study away from distractions and TV.