I am happy to announce that we will continue our homework-free weekend policy. As you may remember, our Faculty Council, made up of faculty representatives from each academic department, and our School Council, comprised of teachers, parents, and students, worked to develop this gesture to acknowledge some of the challenges that confront our students. The policy reads:
As a goodwill gesture to students and their families, who experience stress due to our school’s rigorous homework expectations, all classroom teachers will adopt a homework-free weekend program, whereby no homework will be due on the day of return after each of four specifically agreed-upon weekends (one each term), to take place on the following four weekends during the school year:
- Columbus Day Weekend (Term 1)
- Thanksgiving Weekend (Term 2)
- The entire February Vacation (Term 3) *
- Memorial Day Weekend (Term 4)**
* We found that there was not a suitable weekend in term 3 last year, due to the proximity of the February vacation and the end of the term dates, so this year we will have no homework during the long February break.
**This does not apply to seniors for Memorial Day Weekend.
It is our hope that these homework free opportunities will allow families to plan events or trips accordingly, and will help our students to know that we, the adults here at South, understand that it can be a challenge to maintain a healthy balance. They will give all of us a chance to pause, breathe, and gather ourselves.
As a reminder, our normal vacation week policy reads:
There is a “one-night equivalent” homework limit placed on the December, February, and April vacation breaks. Students in Advanced Placement courses will likely have more than a “one-night-equivalent” during April break in order to prepare for May exams.
We preach “balance” and “healthy choices” here at South, and our goal is that these practices will contribute to a greater sense of balance for all, and in turn benefit the entire South community.