Homework Policy 2020-2021

P.S. 188Q Parent & School Homework Policy

Updated for Remote and Blended Learning!

2020-2021

Daily Homework Assignments – Not Counted Toward Report Card Grades

  • Homework assignments by topic will be posted each day by all K-5 classroom teachers on their Google Classroom page. All K-5 teachers will assign homework.
  • Teachers will encourage children to complete all homework and will tell students how to turn-in their assignments (uploaded to Google Classroom or handed-in).
  • Parents will determine the appropriate amount of daily homework their child will complete (all, some, or none) based on their own personal and academic philosophies and the developmental needs of their child. For example, if a student is far above grade level in reading but struggles with math, the parent may decide to have his/her child focus more time on math and skip the evening’s reading assignment.
  • Parents are encouraged to work with their children to identify topics/questions which can be reinforced in the classroom to help strengthen the home/classroom connection. Teachers will encourage children to share these topics/questions in their review of the homework assignments.  Teacher will check homework daily and will reinforce learning based on identified areas of improvement.
  • Daily homework completion will not be counted towards report cards grades.
  • Teachers will assign daily homework as follows:

Kindergarten                      approximately 30 minutes                     (Monday -Thursday)

First Grade                          approximately 40 minutes                     (Monday- Thursday)

Second Grade                    approximately 50 minutes                     (Monday-Thursday)

Third Grade                        approximately 60 minutes                     (Monday-Friday)

Fourth Grade                     approximately 70 minutes                     (Monday-Friday)

Fifth Grade                          approximately 80 minutes                     (Monday-Friday)

  • Independent reading is included in these guidelines and is adjusted as the year goes on.
  • Homework assignments may include written work, studying, reading in content areas, research, etc.

Long Term Projects/Graded Assignments – Counted Toward Report Card Grades

  • Long term projects and graded assignments will be assigned by classroom and cluster teachers.
  • Long term projects and graded assignments are mandatory and will be counted toward report card grades.
  • Long term projects and graded assignments may be completed entirely at home for blended and remote students or they may be a combination of in-school and at-home work sessions for blended students.
  • Long term vacation projects and graded assignments will be assigned the week before vacation and will be due a week after the return to school. Two weekends (at the minimum) will be included in this time.
  • Long term projects and graded assignments that require access to the online public library will include a weekend to accommodate working families.
  • One Time Only – If a child forgets to hand-in or upload his or her long term project or graded assignments on the due date, there will be a one-time-only, 1 day grace period without penalty.

If a child forgets his or her long term projects and graded assignments on future occasions, each late day will incrementally diminish the score: (4 à -4), (-4 à +3),  (+3 à 3),  (3 à -3), (-3 à +2) (+2 à 2) (2 à -2) (-2 à +1) (+1 à 1) (1 à -1) (-1 à 0)

Sick or Injured Children

  • Each child should have at least two homework buddies to call if he/she has questions about the homework assignment.
  • Children who are out sick for 1-3 days will obtain homework assignments from their homework buddies from their Google Classroom, or from the teacher when they return to blended or remote school.
  • Parents should not call the school to have teachers provide homework.
  • Children with serious (e.g. hospital stay) or long-term (e.g. broken legs) medical situations will be assigned daily homework and long term projects as determined by the Principal on a case-by-case basis. 

Children on Vacation When School Is In Session, and

Children Absent Due to Family Emergencies/Celebrations

  • Advanced homework and school work will not be provided when families go on vacation when school is in session.
  • Advanced homework and school work will not be provided when children miss school due to family emergencies or celebrations.
  • Each child should have at least two homework buddies to call or have access to Google Classroom receive the homework assignment.
  • Parents should not call the school to have teachers provide homework.