School Issues No Homework Policy for Thanksgiving Break


Photo By Srilekha Cherukuvada and Ishika Samant

No homework over Thanksgiving break for all students!

In an email sent out on Monday, Principal Mario Acosta announced that teachers will not be allowed to give out any homework for the Thanksgiving and winter breaks so that students can study and relax during the break.

“Thanksgiving and Winter break are the two that I have set,” Mr. Acosta said. “Spring break is a little bit more difficult because it’s right before AP exams and IB exams.”

Teachers will also not be allowed to give out voluntary or extra credit assignments. All assignments will either need to have an earlier or later due date so that if students would like, they do not need to work on the assignment over the break.

“I think it’s really nice,” Shawkin Kabir ‘21 said. “It’s really stressful here, so it’s nice to finally have a break, and it shows that the teachers really care about us.”

Mr. Acosta is not worried about teachers giving homework to students despite this ban. Still, it is possible to have a test or quiz after break that students will need to study for. One thing to look forward to, however, is the lack of the immense amount of homework that students usually receive before long breaks.

“We have really well-intentioned teachers that just want the best for students,” Mr. Acosta said. “We have gotten together as staff, and came up with our core values, and one thing is that we need to foster balance in all of our lives.”

This new policy will give students a chance to relax and catch up on a lot of sleep missed from the second six weeks. The burden of having so much homework on students backs will soon be lifted off as they enter the last few days before Thanksgiving break.

“The reason why I’ve said no homework is because I want everyone to go home and relax for one week,” Mr. Acosta said. “There is nothing that can happen in a week that can cost us our academic success. I don’t have any intention of doing anything nasty to teachers who don’t follow these rules, but I believe that as a staff we will make the right decision and say let’s give our students some time to breathe.”