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Policies and Regulations

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.

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.

5. Parents should encourage their child to keep a list of assignments in their planner/notebook.

6. Parents should show a positive interest in homework and school. If problems arise, parents should contact the teacher at the school.


D. 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 handbook and the student handbook. Administrators should refer to the Elementary Grading and Reporting Student Progress manual.

2. Administrators will assure that homework policies are communicated to teachers.

TIME ALLOCATIONS

Homework is an important part of the academic program at all grade levels with assignments consisting of a mixture of mandatory and voluntary assignments. Homework time allocations are recommendations for core subject areas and not meant to be minimum or maximum quotas. The suggested time allocations reflect the total time of homework assignments per night. The following are time allocations regarding the frequency and duration of mandatory assignments given Monday through Thursday:

1. Kindergarten -- No specified time. Homework will include on-going language and math experiences at home.

2. First Grade -- approximately 20 minutes

3. Second Grade -- approximately 30 minutes

4. Third Grade -- approximately 30-40 minutes

5. Fourth Grade -- approximately 40-50 minutes

6. Fifth Grade -- approximately 50-60 minutes.

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 in gifted cluster classrooms may require additional time. Programs at the elementary gifted school are rigorous and homework assignments may require more time than the recommendations provided for each grade level.



Approved by Superintendent July 16, 1991
Amended by Superintendent: December 10, 2001