NORFOLK - Norfolk Public Schools has released a new no-homework policy for grades kindergarten through four.
Communications Director Sarah Dittmer says the district has recently reviewed the research on homework for elementary-aged students and has set the new expectation for homework during the 2017-18 school year.
She says it’s based on research that shows homework for students in those grades does not have a positive effect on student achievement.
In a letter, Superintendent Dr. Jamie Jo Thompson, said quote, "We believe that our young students work hard at school all day. Rather than spending their evenings doing homework, we want them to do things that are proven to correlate with student success: eating dinner as a family, reading, playing outside, and getting to bed early. Therefore, we will not be formally assigning homework in grades K-4 this year.”
She added “However, please note: If a student exhibits off-task behaviors during the school day and fails to complete an assignment when adequate class time has been provided, the assignment will be sent home for completion."