Homework Policy

What is the purpose of homework?

Homework is an integral part of the educational process and as such it is assigned on a daily basis.

Homework includes written work as well as spelling, the reading of a story and the study of notes, to name a few examples.

The purpose of homework is:

  • to develop regular independent work habits and skills
  • to develop individual responsibility
  • to reinforce skills and concepts acquired during the day through practice
  • to develop research skills

What amount of homework is necessary?

The amount of homework given by a teacher will vary from night to night. Occasional extra work is assigned over the weekend to those students who were absent during the week, who did poorly in daily tests, who did not do the required work, who forgot books at home or who are having trouble learning a new concept.

Generally speaking, the amount of homework assigned will also vary depending on the grade level. Pupils should be spending the following minimum amount of time on their homework:

Grades 1 and 2 30 to 45 minutes
Grades 3 and 4 30 to 60 minutes
Grades 5 and 6 45 to 75 minutes

Pupils in the immersion program can be assigned additional homework on a regular basis. However, the teachers consult with each other regularly to insure that the homework assigned is not excessive.

Supporting your child with his or her homework

Parents are expected to play a supervisory and supportive role. As such they should be familiar with the homework policy of the school, provide a suitable local and atmosphere, guide the child if necessary and see to it that the work done is the child’s best effort. The following suggestions should be followed:

  • Never do the child’s work for them.
  • Provide an interesting, quiet, well-lit study area.
  • Have the child study at the same place, same time every day.
  • Allow for some recreational time: play, watch T.V., etc.
  • Read stories to younger children.
  • Have “reading time” every evening when the whole family reads together.
  • Provide the child with resource reading materials.
  • Always check the child’s homework against the notebook to ensure that the child has completed the assigned work.
  • Sign the agenda and the assignments done.
  • Inform the teacher if a child is operating constantly outside the upper or lower limit of time suggested by the school, so that together you may consider what corrective measures need to be taken.

What are the procedures for homework not done?

  • The teacher keeps the pupil in either to talk with him/her or to have him/her do the missed assignment.
  • In the second instance, the teacher sends a notice to the parents informing them and requesting their intervention.
  • In the third instance, the teacher calls the parent to indicate that the problem has not been resolved.
  • If the problem continues, the teacher refers the pupil to the office of the Vice-Principal with all pertinent information regarding the problem (notices sent home, action taken so far, etc.)
  • The Vice-Principal contacts the parents and meets the pupil to plan corrective measures.
  • If the problem continues the parents will be asked to accompany their child to school for a meeting with the administration.

Homework for students that are absent

If a pupil is absent for a day, it is not absolutely necessary for someone to pick up his/her homework assignments. If a child is sick, he should be resting. However, if a child is absent for a longer period, and if you wish to pick up his/her homework, please call the school before 12:00 so that the teacher has adequate time to prepare it.