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Homework - Elementary 6-54.1

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 6-54.1

INSTRUCTION

Homework - Elementary


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.

A. Teachers

1. Teachers will establish routines for assigning homework.

2. Teachers will collaborate with other teachers in the building to ensure that
students do not have an inordinate number of major assignments due at the same time. The process for communicating between departments and within grade levels will be developed in each building. Technology should be considered for this process, e.g., an electronic bulletin board to post and check the major assignments given by teachers.

3. 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-range assignments should be given sufficiently in advance, with reasonable time to complete all tasks. Homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday. Daily homework will not be assigned on weekends or holidays.

4. Teachers will assign tasks which 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. For long-range assignments, the teacher will provide specific written directions for the student including purpose, expectations, procedures to be used, and due dates.

7. Teachers will hold students accountable for homework assignments by reviewing and assessing those assignments with recognition given for completion and effort. Students' efforts will be reflected on the work habits section of their report cards.

8. Teachers will provide feedback and return assignments in a timely manner. Daily practice and introductory homework shall not be graded. Long-term assignments, such as book reports and projects may be graded.

9. Teachers should be aware of the observance of religious holidays when assigning homework.

B. Students

1. Students are responsible for recording homework assignments as appropriate and understanding the directions necessary to complete the assignments.

2. Students are expected to utilize good time management skills. They should schedule study time so that projects and long-term assignments are completed over a period of time.

3. Students are responsible for completing homework assignments by the established due dates.

4. Students are responsible for requesting additional help and/or clarification of instructions for completing assignments from the teacher.

C. Parents

1. Parents should not be expected to provide initial instruction on a homework topic or skill.

2. Parents are responsible for monitoring homework by checking to see that the student has recorded and completed the assignment.

3. Parents are responsible for obtaining missed assignments due to absences.

4. 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, and other materials.