Homework Policy

Delano Middle School Homework Policy

Guidelines for the Assignment of Homework and

Responsibilities of Students, Staff and Parents


I.  Purpose:

            Homework contributes toward building responsibility, self-discipline and lifelong learning habits.  It is the intention of the Delano Middle School staff to assign relevant, challenging and meaningful homework assignments that reinforce classroom learning objectives.  Homework should provide students with the opportunity to apply information they have learned, complete unfinished class assignments, and develop independence.  Homework grades are modified based on students’ individual needs (i.e. IEP, 504 Plans).


            Homework assignments include:

·        Practice exercises to follow classroom instruction

·        Preview assignments to prepare for subsequent lessons

·        Extension assignments to transfer new skills or concepts to new situations

·        Creative activities to integrate many skills toward the production of a response or product


II.  Time


            Actual time required to complete assignments will vary with each student’s study habits, academic skills, and selected course load.  If your child is spending an inordinate amount of time doing homework, you should contact your child’s teachers.  Students are encouraged to pursue non-assigned, independent, leisure reading.


III.  Late Work Policies


Students are expected to turn work in on time.  Students who turn in late assignments on a consistent basis will receive any of the following based upon individual teacher discretion or grade level policy.


·        partial credit

·        no credit

·        missed reward activity

·        communication with parents

·        after school detention


Students who miss homework because of an absence will receive the opportunity to make up missed work.  Students are given one calendar day for each day absent plus one extra day to turn in their work.  It’s the students’ responsibility to get work missed due to illness or absence.

IV.  Major Projects


            Major Projects include research reports, book reports, major essays, and other assignments teachers designate as major projects.  Work on these projects may exceed the maximum minutes per night.


Responsibilities of Staff:


  • Assign relevant, challenging and meaningful homework that reinforces classroom learning
  • Give clear instructions and make sure students understand the purpose
  • Give feedback and/or correct homework
  • Communicate with other teachers
  • Involve parents and contact them if a pattern of late or incomplete homework develops

Responsibilities of Parents:


  • Set a regular, uninterrupted study time each day
  • Establish a quiet, well-lit study area
  • Monitor student’s organization and daily list of assignments in their agenda
  • Help student work to find the answer, not just get it done
  • Be supportive when the student gets frustrated with difficult assignments
  • Contact teacher to stay well informed about the student’s learning process

Responsibilities of Students:


  • Write down assignments in the “Delano Middle School Student Agenda”
  • Be sure all assignments are clear; don’t be afraid to ask questions if necessary
  • Set aside a regular time for studying
  • Find a quiet, well-lit study area
  • Work on homework independently whenever possible, so that it reflects student ability. 
  • Produce quality work.
  • Make sure assignments are done according to the given instructions and completed on time.

Lunch Detention:

The middle school site base team passed this addition to the homework policy during the meeting on 9/7/2011. The site base team consists of teacher, administrators, parents, and a board member.

Failure to complete homework on-time for class will result in an immediate lunch detention. If a student does not have the homework completed for a class that meets before lunch, they will be assigned a lunch detention to complete that homework while they are eating. If they did not complete homework for a class that meets after lunch, they will be assigned a lunch detention for the next school day. Lunch detention takes place in a classroom that is supervised by a teacher. When assigned a lunch detention, failure to report to lunch detention may lead to an office assigned detention.

 If a student receives more than one lunch detention, a letter will be sent home to parents alerting them of their child’s behavior. The letter will also state who to contact to set up a plan for success for their child to hopefully avoid future lunch detentions.