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.
 

Homework helps build basic skills and enriches the regular classroom program. It helps students develop study skills and the responsibility for self-improvement through disciplined study outside of the classroom.

Homework assignments will be made by the classroom teachers, and will be purposeful, differentiated and coordinated.

Appropriate standardized tests are used to diagnose student strengths and weaknesses, to measure growth in basic skills and to measure scholastic aptitude.

As necessary, individual tests are given for a more detailed assessment of the student.

Students at Elmwood Elementary and John Mills Elementary are expected to complete and turn in all homework assignments on time. We encourage students and parents to set up regular hours at home during which students can focus on their work.


The Value of Homework


Homework helps build basic skills and enriches the regular classroom program. It helps students develop study skills and responsibility through disciplined study outside of the classroom.  

Homework assignments will be made by our classroom teachers, and they will be purposeful, differentiated and coordinated. Homework is part of your child's progress in school and will be a portion of your child's final quarter grades.


If Your Child Is Sick


When calling your child in sick, please request any homework assignments (which will be ready for pickup at 3 p.m.), or find out who your child's "homework buddy" is and request the assignments be sent home with the buddy.

The student has one day for every day absent to make up the work.


If Your Child Will Be Out of Town


Please notify the teacher and request any work that your child will be missing.

Work assigned must be turned in a week after returning to school, or it will not be counted for grading purposes.


Forgetting Homework


If your child forgets his or her homework, you may return to the school with your child up until 4 p.m. You must check in at the main office.


Homework Help Before School


Only students with passes are allowed to come in before school starts for homework help.


Using Elmwood Park Library


All of our textbooks and workbooks are available for our students’ use at the Elmwood Park Library in case they forget to bring their books home.

When Elm Middle School teachers assign homework, they do so to provide students with the necessary practice to reinforce concepts that were introduced in class. Homework helps build basic skills and enriches the regular classroom program.

Elm students are expected to complete and turn in all homework assignments on time.

Developing good study habits is a crucial part of achieving academic success. In the case of homework this means getting into the habit of completing assignments in a timely manner, free of last-minute stress.

In order to keep up with homework, we encourage students and parents to set up regular hours at home for students to complete their work, and then to turn in their work faithfully as it is due.


Keeping Track of Missed Assignments


It is the student's responsibility to go to teachers and get assignments that may be missed due to an absence from school.

If a student is too ill to email teachers on their own, we recommend the student get healthy before worrying about completing make-up work.


Time Allowed for Making Up Assignments


In the case of excused absences, our homework policy gives students a reasonable amount of time before they are expected to complete the work they've missed. This means:

► For each day spent at home due to an excused absence, one day is given to make up and turn in the work.

► For example, if a student is out for three days, the student has three days to make up any missed assignments.  


Picking Up Books for Sick Students


Parents may pick up books from their child's locker between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Homework Online


Student homework assignments are available online after 4 p.m. on a daily basis.

Homework is one of several components that determine the grades of Elmwood Park High School students. Besides homework, these components include but are not limited to:

► Tests/quizzes
► Projects/presentations
► Participation

EPHS students are expected to complete and turn in all homework assignments on time. We encourage students and parents to set up regular hours at home during which students can focus on their work.


Keeping Track of Missed Assignments


It is always the responsibility of the student to get all assignments missed due to an excused tardy or absence from class.

The student must see the teacher during the same school day when tardy to class and during the first school day back from an absence.

Make-up work will be assigned during a time determined by the teacher. This time will be communicated to the student — e.g., before/after school or during class time if possible.

It is the student's responsibility to schedule, with the teacher, the taking of tests/quizzes missed due to an excused tardy or absence.


Making Up Missed Assignments


Students are permitted to make up missed assignments depending on the reason for their absence or tardiness.

1. Excused — Students who are excused absent or tardy will be allowed to make up work.

2. Unexcused — Students who are unexcused absent or tardy will not be allowed to make up daily work or assignments missed.

3. Suspended — Students who are suspended will be allowed to make up missed daily work and assignments, and they will receive credit for all work assigned during a suspension once it is turned in to the teacher. A student shall be allowed the number of days suspended to make up the work. It is the student's responsibility to contact each of his or her teachers regarding missed work.