Butte Creek School has taken to heart the old adage “All work and no play makes Jack (and Jill) a dull boy (and girl).” The K-8 school has instituted a no homework policy this school year.
“Children should be spending more time outdoors being active and less time indoors doing busy work,” said Butte Creek Principal Kevin Palmer. “We want to encourage families to spend more time together – being active, reading, playing, eating – and for all of our students to get a good night’s rest.”
Research has shown that these activities have more of an impact on a child’s success than doing regularly assigned homework.
Butte Creek students are now given more time in class to finish their assignments. If an assignment is not finished at school, it may be sent home to finish, but this should be the exception, and not the rule.
“We want to alleviate a lot of the burden and stress that busy families feel these days as they juggle work, homework and after-school activities,” said Palmer. “Less stress will help our students and their families thrive.”
Butte Creek students are enjoying having more free time.
“All you have to do is read at home and spend time with your family,” said fourth grader Scarlette Leiterman.P
“You also play outside for 60 minutes and read for at least one hour,” added fourth grader Jessa Dewitt.