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Homework should be valuable, meaningful and reasonable at all grades. The Westbrook homework policy was revised in Fall 2011 in order to reduce the amount of written work and busy work each evening while still maintaining homework that makes a connection between school and home.

The homework responsibilities for students are as follows:

• Record the assignment(s) in their assignment book or sheet (Grades 3,4,5).
• Expect homework that is appropriate to his/her needs and abilities to be assigned 3-5 times per week. This includes nightly independent reading for each grade level.
• Homework assignments will include opportunities for skill development through review and enrichment.
• Homework that will be used for assessment purposes will be announced to the student when it is assigned and will only be used for a grade after a skill has been taught and practiced with teacher feedback given.

Homework procedures should be planned and discussed with students and have procedures for accomplishing them and the due dates clearly defined. Students will be made aware of the penalties for turning in late work:

• If the assignment was announced to be used for assessment purposes, it may be lowered by one letter grade.
• If the assignment was to be used for review or enrichment, it will be reflected on the Learning Skills section of the report card.
***Exceptions for late work are given to students with documented accommodations, and for designated religious holidays (as indicated on the MCPS BOE calendar), and/or excused absences.

We ask that parents call the school when a child is, or will be, absent. A child who has been absent from school for any reason MUST bring a note from home upon his or her return. The school office will call the home of any student absent more than three consecutive days. Students absent for more than four days for illness should bring a doctor's written note.
Parents should keep children at home whenever illness is suspected. (See HEALTH & SAFETY section for GUIDELINES FOR KEEPING A CHILD HOME DUE TO ILLNESS.) A child who has had a communicable disease may return to school whenever the family physician indicates in writing that it is wise to do so.
Parent requests for make-up work will be provided for excused absences of 2 or more days with 24 hours notice given to the teacher. Excused absences are: illness, death in the immediate family, religious holiday, and state emergencies. For unexcused absences, work will not be provided ahead of time. Unexcused absences include out of town travel and vacations.
For unexcused absences: Upon returning to school, the student will receive a packet of all missed work. It is up to the family to complete and review the assignments. Any specific assignments that must be returned for a grade will be appropriately marked and given a due date. Quizzes and tests will be made up during recess when the student returns.
Absences and late arrivals are closely monitored by the school and the school system. In order to learn what is being taught, our students need to be here and be here on time. The start of the school day is 8:50 am. If your child is absent or tardy 3 or more days in a month, you will receive a letter from the principal.
If your child is going to be out for any reason, please contact our main office at 301-320-6506.

MCPS regulations require that lost or damaged property, including textbooks, library books and reference books, be paid for according to the item value at the time of the loss or damage. Labor costs for repairs also may be assessed.


A Student’s Guide to Rights and Responsibilities is an overview of the rights and responsibilities students enjoy in MCPS and a summary of the laws and regulations that affect students.

The MCPS Code of Conduct is a new publication for the 2014-2015 school year. The Code of Conduct provides an overview of discipline procedures and protocols and the range of consequences students could face for violating various policies, regulations, and rules. The guide also discusses the MCPS philosophy to discipline and defines the various disciplinary responses.