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Moraga ESD |  BP  6154  Instruction

Homework/Makeup Work   

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Homework should have a positive impact on student learning and is defined as the assigned learning activities that students work on outside of the classroom. The purpose of homework is to provide students an opportunity to practice, reinforce and apply previously taught skills and acquired knowledge and prepare for future lessons, and is directly tied to classroom instruction. Assignments should have a clear purpose and be designed for completion within a reasonable time frame. Completing homework is the responsibility of the student. Parents can play a supportive role through monitoring, encouraging students' efforts and providing a conducive learning environment.

Homework should be designed to:

* Deepen understanding and encourage a love of learning.

* Consider individual student needs, learning styles, abilities, and social-emotional health in order for students to complete their homework.

* Include clear instructions and performance expectations so students can complete the work independently.

* Be assigned in reasonable amounts so that work can be completed within a reasonable time frame.

* Provide teachers with feedback to inform instruction.

* Provide students with timely feedback regarding their learning.

Effective homework practices do not place an undue burden on students. The Board recognizes the value of extracurricular activities, unstructured time, family time and adequate sleep for a student's success in school.

Extended breaks, defined as four or more consecutive days, are intended to be a time that is free from schoolwork for students. There should be no expectations on the part of students that schoolwork is done over this period. Assignments given before extended breaks should not be due during the first week back from the extended break.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that each school site adheres to this homework plan in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulations. This policy and its associated administrative regulation shall be included in all school handbooks, as well as distributed on district and school websites.

Makeup Work

Students who miss school work because of an excused absence shall be given the opportunity to complete all assignments and tests that can be reasonably provided. As determined by the teacher, the assignments and tests shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the assignments and tests missed during the absence. Students shall receive full credit for work satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time. In general, a guideline of at least two days or more to make-up work per each day absent is recommended. (Education Code 48205)

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

Students who miss school work because of unexcused absences may be given the opportunity to make up missed work. Teachers shall assign such makeup work as necessary to ensure academic progress.

Legal Reference:


48205 Absences for personal reasons

48913 Completion of work missed by suspended student

48980 Parental notifications

58700-58702 Tutoring and homework assistance program; summer school apportionment credit

Management Resources:


Parent Involvement in the Education of Their Children, 1994

Policy Statement on Homework, 1995


adopted: October 14, 2014 Moraga, California

revised: June 6, 2017