Below is a memo I sent to the Belmont High School faculty and staff about the first “Homework Free Holiday”.
I would first like to thank everyone for contributing their thoughts about establishing the first Belmont High School “Homework Free Holiday”. We know you are busy and it is obvious everyone put a lot of thought into this.
As most of us are aware, student, faculty, and staff concerns around stress has been a hot topic for years. The “Homework Free Holiday” is a small gesture and acknowledgement of the stress placed on everyone. It certainly is not the cure, but merely a small attempt to reduce the stress at Belmont High School and a start to a greater conversation.
The first “Homework Free Holiday” starts on Friday afternoon 1/25/13 through Sunday night 1/27/13. This means no homework, readings, or assignments over the weekend, along with no assigned tests or quizzes on Monday, 1/28/13. The intent is to free the teachers, staff, and students for the weekend and give everyone a break.
Thank you to Jim Brown for facilitating the conversations and to everyone who participated.