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SRVUSD Homework Policy

San Ramon Valley Unified School District

In an effort to reduce student stress and respond to the evolving instructional practices, SRVUSD convened a committee of teachers, students, parents and school administrators to recommend updates to SRVUSD homework policy and regulation. The committee considered and made changes related to:

  • Limiting the overall volume of homework;
  • Eliminating homework over breaks;
  • Developing a more effective system for communicating and implementing the policy; and
  • Aligning with the Common Core State Standards and other legal requirements.

 On June 23, 2015, the SRVUSD Board of Education adopted a new Homework/Make-Up Work Board Policy and Administrative Regulation. The following summarizes the policy and regulations for homework our school’s grade level:

All Grade Levels

  • Homework can include:
    • Practicing a skill or process that students can do independently but not fluently,
    • Elaborating on information that has been addressed in class to deepen students’ knowledge,
    • Providing opportunities for students to explore topics of their own interest.
    • Reading
  • Must reflect IEP and 504 accommodations & modifications
  • No homework assigned during school recesses. (Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break and Spring Break).
    • Projects assigned before recesses must not require any work to be completed over the break.

 

Middle School Homework Policy

  • Time Limits:
    • No more than 1 hour, 20 minutes per course per week
    • No more than 20 minutes per night per course.
    • All work included in this total
    • Advanced courses may require additional time.
    • Weekend homework, if assigned, shall not exceed 20 minutes per course.
  • Departments will collaborate with each other and be aware of long-term projects/assignments, and major tests in all curricular areas.
  • Middle School projects and long-term assignments:
    • Project-based assignments shall primarily be undertaken and completed in the classroom.
    • Provide in-class collaboration time for group projects with specific tasks to be completed independently.
    • Limited in number and duration.
    • Some may be assigned as homework
    • Shall not require significant assistance from parents or the purchase of materials.
    • Include clear checkpoints
    • Shall not require meeting in person.

 

In addition to the homework guidance above, the new policy and regulations encourage students, staff and parents to take an active role in homework. This includes students communicating with teachers and staff when homework becomes overwhelming; parents contacting teachers if their child consistently cannot keep up with the homework; teachers referencing the policy in their syllabi and in back to school communications; and principals communicating with parents and staff about the new policy.

 

To view the Board Policy and Administrative Regulation in their entirety click on the links below:

 

Board Policy 6154

Administrative Regulation 6154

 

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s homework, please contact your child’s teacher or me. If you have questions about the Homework Policy and Administrative Regulation, please contact Director of Instruction Dr. Jason Reimann at jreimann@srvusd.net.