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Homework Policy

SVHS HOMEWORK POLICY

At SVHS the purpose of homework is to provide meaningful practice that contributes to the building of a student’s skills and a growing understanding of the subject matter.

 

The following describes the school wide policy.

EXCUSED ABSENCES

A student with an excused absence will be given at least a one class meeting day per day of absence to turn in missed assignments. 
Additional time may be granted by the teacher. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the request.
With an excused absence a student will receive full credit if completed fully and within the timeline.

LATE WORK

Acceptance of late work is determined by teachers of course-alike subjects and/or by department.  Each year the teacher will communicate their policy through the syllabus.  Late work will be accepted for reduced credit per department policy.

An exception to this may be with work due in IB courses where IB timelines or expectations will not allow late work for credit.

PERCENTAGE OF HOMEWORK APPLIED TO WHOLE GRADE

There will be an agreed upon percentage of homework applied toward the whole grade by teachers of course-alike subjects and/or by department.  There is an understanding the IB vs non-IB courses will be determined differently.

FREQUENCY AND QUANTITY OF HOMEWORK

The amount and how often homework is assigned will be an agreed upon in course-alike subjects and/or by department. There is an understanding the IB vs non-IB courses will be determined differently.
The teacher will communicate the expectations through the syllabus and their School Loop site.

SCHOOL LOOP

School Loop is the platform to be used by all teachers to post and describe all assignments.

Illuminate, our information system, will be used to post points earned and how they apply to final grades.

MAJOR BREAKS

No assignments will be assigned over major breaks, nor will these assignments have a due date upon the day of return from the breaks. Major breaks include Thanksgiving Week, Winter Break, Spring Break and Summer Break.

TEACHERS WILL CONTACT PARENTS WHEN A STUDENT IS IN DANGER OF FAILING DUE TO MISSING WORK

In danger of failing is defined by a letter/percentage grade below a C-/70%.
The teacher will use Illuminate to post grades. The teacher will communicate (via the syllabus and/or School Loop) when and how often the grades will be posted (for example- every one or two weeks, after a unit’s test, etc.)
A plan will be communicated and implemented to assist a student in improving the grade and what will happen if the work is not made up within a determined timeline.