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Elementary Education


HOMEWORK (HCPS Policy 5420)

A student has the right to:

  • meaningful and relevant homework activity that reinforces school learning;
  • homework that matches their individual abilities to ensure the facilitation of independent, successful completion;
  • homework that includes varied activities that reinforce the basic skills or extend and enrich concepts learned;
  • homework that does not introduce new concepts;
  • homework assignments are assigned made according to individual student needs and abilities;
  • regular feedback on homework assignments. Timely notification to parents will occur when a student routinely does not complete homework.

Homework Assignments:

  • should not be punitive in nature;
  • should not require students to have specific resources such as Internet access;
  • should be coordinated among teachers so as not to exceed the recommended amount of time devoted to homework;
  • should not exceed a total of 15 to 20 minutes per night for kindergarten; a total of 30 minutes per night for students in grades 1,2, and 3; and 45 minutes per night in grades 4 and 5. It is recommended that homework not be assigned on Fridays with special consideration given around testing and holidays;
  • shall not affect a students academic grade on a report card but will be reflected in the appropriate completion of homework assignments will be reflected in the Expected Behaviors section of the K-5 report card.
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