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Homework & Independent Study Contracts

Homework

The Board believes homework is the responsibility of the student. It is the student’s job to develop regular study habits and to do most assignments independently. The Board encourages all teachers to view the parent/guardian as a contributing resource and to structure homework assignments to involve the parent/guardian without diminishing the student’s sense of responsibility. When assigning homework that involves interaction with parent/guardians, teachers should include instructions that show how parent/guardians can best help their children. To be effective, homework assignments should not place an undue burden on students and families. Homework should reinforce classroom learning objectives and be related to individual student needs and abilities. Homework can involve a variety of activities related to the established curriculum and does not need to be exclusively “paper and pencil.” This can also include advance preparation for upcoming lessons.  (BP 6154 a)

Make-up Work

Students shall be given the opportunity to make up school work missed because of an excused absence or suspension and shall receive full credit if the work is turned in according to the school’s established make-up schedule. (BP 6154a)

Independent Study Contract

These contracts are for students planning to miss regular instruction time due to an extended absence for a minimum of 5 school days.  The Attendance Office will need at least one week advance notice (by parent/guardian note or telephone call) in order to collect assignments and necessary teacher signatures.  The student will then pick up the contracts for a parent/guardian signature.  Students are responsible for asking the teachers to sign the contracts and provide assignments.  Before leaving on an extended absence, the student must return the contracts to the Attendance Office since state attendance auditors closely review independent study contracts and all steps must be followed completely.