Homework in District 401 Schools

District 401's homework rules and procedures are governed by Section 6:290 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual.

As stated in this policy, homework is part of the District's instructional program and has the overarching goal of increasing student achievement.

Homework is assigned to further a student's educational development and is an application or adaptation of a classroom experience.

It is District policy that homework shall:

  • Be used to reinforce and apply previously covered concepts, principles and skills
  • Not be assigned for disciplinary purposes
  • Serve as a communication link between the school and parents/guardians
  • Encourage independent thought, self-direction and self-discipline
  • Be of appropriate frequency and length, and not become excessive, according to the teacher's best professional judgment

In addition, individual schools have supplemented this policy with statements of purpose and procedure that build upon the District's overall vision concerning the role of homework. This supplemental information is located below.