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Ross Valley SD |  BP  6154  Instruction

Homework/Makeup Work   

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Homework is defined as assigned learning activities that students work on outside of the classroom. The Board of Trustees believes that homework should be meaningful, purposeful, and appropriate in order to have a positive impact on student learning.

While the role of the district is to educate students, the Trustees recognize the value of extracurricular activities that challenge students and enhance their education, along with unstructured time and adequate sleep for a healthy school/life balance. For these reasons, and using current educational research as a guide, the Trustees recommend that when homework is assigned, it should be assigned in amounts that can be completed within a reasonable time frame and should meet one or more of the following purposes listed below.

To be effective, homework should:

* Reinforce current or prepare for future classroom learning.

* Deepen and/or extend learning.

* Have a well-defined purpose and clear instructions.

* Offer students an opportunity to practice, reinforce, and apply previously taught skills and acquired knowledge.

* Invite and provide the opportunity to creatively apply student learning to the real world and personalized contexts.

* Allow for practice on critical foundational skills.

* Develop academic skills and study habits.

* Provide parents/guardians and students with a sense of their child's academic progress in specific areas.

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

The following are the recommended parameters to be considered when developing and assigning homework assignments. These parameters help ensure that homework is able to be completed independently by students and allows them to maintain their sense of responsibility for the work.

Assignments should:

* Consider individual student needs and abilities.

* Be completed with minimal support from adults, who may serve as contributing resources. This support could include monitoring, encouraging effort, and providing an environment conducive to learning.

* Not be assigned on weekends, extended school breaks, or holidays.

Given these guidelines, each schools administrator and teachers will develop and regularly review the school site's homework plan. The plan will be reviewed at the beginning of each year across the school's grade level/or department. The plan shall be communicated to students and families at the start of each year.

(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

Makeup Work

Students who miss school work 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.

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

The Superintendent or designee shall notify parents/guardians that no student may have his/her grade reduced for missed assignments and tests due to absences when homework is completed satisfactorily within a reasonable period of time. Such notification shall include the full text of Education Code 48205. (Education Code 48205)

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

The teacher of any class from which a student is suspended will require the student to complete any assignments and tests missed during the suspension. (Education Code 48913)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

Legal Reference:


8420-8428 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens

8482-8484.65 After School Education and Safety Program

8484.7-8484.9 21st Century Community Learning Centers

48205 Absences for personal reasons

48913 Completion of work missed by suspended student

48980 Parental notifications


7171-7176 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Management Resources:


Research-Supported Strategies to Improve the Accuracy and Fairness of Grades, Governance Brief, July 2016



California State PTA:

RVSD Policy History

Original Adoption: Unknown

Revised: 1/09; 5/19

(Last CSBA Updated 12/16)


adopted: May 7,2019 San Anselmo, California