How much homework is too much? Schools to hold focus groups for parents June 5-6

Ridgefield Public Schools want to know more about students and their homework habits.

They’re looking to gain parental insight through a series of community focus groups on Tuesday, June 5, and Wednesday, June 6.  

The meetings will focus on the district’s homework practices in all grades — kindergarten through senior year of high school. The focus groups will be held in the conference room in the town hall annex at 70 Prospect Street.  

The Tuesday meetings will be held from 8 to 9 a.m., 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and 6 to 7 p.m. Meetings the following day — Wednesday, June 6 — will run from 10 to 11 a.m., noon to 1 p.m., and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

In addition to school parents, the survey groups welcome input from other members of the Ridgefield community.

Those looking to take part should RSVP at

Start times

The district also plans to present a new homework policy for discussion at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting, which begins at 7:30 in the town hall annex. While the meeting includes an opportunity for public comment, the board has not yet scheduled a vote to decide on the district’s homework policy.

The schools have taken another look at homework, in part thanks to the decision to move to later start times starting in the 2019-20 school year.

Parents have expressed concerns that if school starts later, and therefore also ends later in the day, students will have less time to complete their assignments and participate in after-school events.  

“The Homework Committee is a committee that has been working on the homework regulations and the philosophy and the pedagogy of homework all year. We’ve kicked into motion over the last month … specifically with the regulations themselves,” said acting Superintendent Dr. Robert Miller at the last Board of Education meeting, May 14.

He said the new policy would take into account the school start time initiative.

“You’ll see the connection between homework, time of sleep, and the recommendations to educators of when homework can be assigned, when homework should be completed, and so forth,” he added.