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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 6-54.3

INSTRUCTION

Homework - High

Homework is an extension of the material taught in the classroom. It is designed to reinforce and extend classroom learning, prepare students for new information, and promote creative thinking and independent research.

Homework is defined as tasks assigned to students by schoolteachers that are intended to be completed outside the regular classroom instruction. Homework is a tool to provide teachers with critical feedback on how well students understand the concepts, skills, and information presented in class. In certain circumstances, homework assignments may prepare students for the introduction of new information and may also include reading assignments, projects, and book reports.

Reference: Grading and Reporting Student Progress (in the Elementary, Middle, and High Schools).

RESPONSIBILITIES

If homework is to be used successfully, teachers, students, parents, and administrators must assume certain responsibilities.

  1. Teachers
    1. Teachers will establish routines for assigning homework.
    2. Teachers will use discretion in assigning homework. Assignments should be based on the needs of the class and/or student and may be of short or extended duration. Not all homework is written, and frequently the assignment may involve reading, review, or study of material and forms of independent research. Projects and long-term assignments should be given sufficiently in advance, with reasonable time to complete all tasks.
    3. Teachers may assign homework Monday through Friday. Although homework/long-range projects may extend over Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break, they will not be assigned to be completed during the holidays.
    4. Teachers will assign tasks that require the use of only those resources known to be available.
    5. Teachers will provide clear directions to ensure that students understand all assignments. Teachers should state clearly:
      • The purpose of the assignment
      • How the assignment is related to the topic under study
      • How the assignment might best be carried out
      • Whether resources other than the textbook are needed
      • What the student needs to do to demonstrate that the assignment has been completed
      • Due date of the assignment.
    6. Long-range homework assignments can provide learning experiences for high school students. With such assignments, keep in mind:
      • A long-range assignment should be viewed as a series of shorter assignments, which call for periodic checking, by the teacher.
      • Any segment of a long-range assignment should not exceed a period of more than four weeks.
      • Students need to be provided with specific written guidelines, including purpose, expectations, procedures to be used, assessment rubric, and due dates.
    7. Teachers will provide feedback and return assignments in a timely manner. Homework will be used to assess the students' progress. Consideration should also be given to students for both completion and effort. Long-range assignments, such as research papers and projects, may be graded.
    8. Teachers should be aware of the observance of religious holiday days when assigning homework.
  2. Students
    1. Students are responsible for recording homework assignments in a planner and understanding the directions necessary to complete the assignments.
    2. Students are expected to utilize good time management skills, especially in the completion of projects and long-range assignments. They should manage their time so that check points and deadlines are met.
    3. Students are responsible for completing homework assignments by the established due dates.
    4. Students are responsible for obtaining and completing assignments missed during absence.
    5. Students are responsible for requesting additional help and/or clarification of instructions for completing assignments, from the teacher.
  3. Parents
    1. Parents should make arrangements with the guidance counselor to obtain class work and homework missed due to extended absences (4 days or more).
    2. Parents are responsible for monitoring homework to see that the student has recorded his/her assignments in the student planner and checking for completion.
    3. Parents should arrange for an appropriate learning environment in the home by:
      • Ensuring adequate study time.
      • Providing an atmosphere free from disruptions.
      • Supplying necessary materials such as paper, pencils, pens, dictionaries, calculators, and other materials.

      Parents will receive an information guide at the beginning of the school year that lists courses and/or grade level objectives as well as suggestions for providing a good learning environment in the home.

    4. Parents should show a positive interest in homework and school. If problems arise, parents should contact the teacher at the school.
  4. Administrators
    1. Administrators are responsible for communicating and monitoring the implementation of homework guidelines in their respective schools. These guidelines should be included in the faculty and student handbooks. Administrators should refer to the Guidelines for Grading and Reporting Student Progress.
    2. Administrators will ensure that homework policies/guidelines are communicated to teachers.
    3. Administrators will refer parents to the appropriate teacher for response to questions regarding homework assignments.

TIME ALLOCATIONS

Homework is an important part of the academic program at all grade levels. Homework time allocations are recommendations and not meant to be minimum or maximum quotas. The following are suggested time allocations regarding the duration of mandatory assignments given:

Grades 9 - 12 - approximately 30-60 minutes per subject every other night for classes on a block schedule;

- approximately 30 minutes per subject per night for classes that meet every day.

It is important to note that some students may need more time and some less time to accomplish an assignment. Additionally, the complexity of assignments may require more time, particularly in advanced courses and programs such as International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), and academies. In certain circumstances, summer assignments may be required.

Approved by Superintendent: December 10, 2001