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"No Homework" Policy For Snow Hill Middle School Continues

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Students at Snow Hill Middle School start second year with "No Homework" policy (WBOC) Students at Snow Hill Middle School start second year with "No Homework" policy (WBOC)

SNOW HILL, Md.- Back to school means nightly homework assignments for most students, but that's not the case for students heading back to Snow Hill Middle School. The start of school on Tuesday marks the second year the middle school has adopted a "No Homework" policy for students. 

Students like Sage Labesky said they love the "No Homework" policy.

"I was pretty stoked, I didn't really have a good time with homework, it made me rage. I like it better because I feel like when you're in the working mood, you can get things done a lot easier in school," Labesky said. 

Principal Chris Welch said she and the teachers at Snow Hill Middle wanted to find a way to better help students with the challenges of learning. Welch said she and a team of teachers began conducting extensive research to find out the benefits, if any, to homework. 

"As we began examine all that, all the data was inconclusive. There wasn't a real high correlation to achievement to homework or a real low correlation, so we decided to take a risk and go with no homework," Welch said. 

Now going into its second year with a "No Homework" policy, Welch said overall it has the support of a majority of parents. Welch said one modification added to this years policy was more practice with math, if students struggled with concepts. 

"We put some strict stipulations in place for that. It has to take less than 20 minutes per evening, it has to be completed independently by the student and lastly, is it will not negatively impact the students grade," Welch said. 

Candace Waters has grandkids that attend Worcester County Public Schools. Waters said students need homework to help them achieve. 

"I think they still should keep up with school work and have homework, so they can advance for later years going to high school," Waters said. 

Welch said through communication if teachers, parents and students feel additional practice is needed in any learning area a request can be made and granted for the student to receive additional practice in subjects they may be struggling with. 

Welch said a survey was conducted to see whether the "No Homework" policy would be implemented this school year. Welch said 52 percent of parents wanted to see the policy back this school year. 

Welch said moving forward they will begin to review and examine state test scores and student G.P.A's as apart of the "No Homework" policy assessment. 

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