South Burlington School Bans Homework, Urges Kids to Play

Students who hoped for an end to homework got their wish at Orchard Elementary School in South Burlington. 

“It’s true,” confirmed principal Mark Trifilio. “We just went to being a homework-free school this year.” 

Trifilio announced the no-homework policy in a newsletter to parents last Friday. The school enrolls almost 400 children in pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. South Burlington has three elementary schools, and so far Orchard is the only one to go homework-free. 

Teachers voted to ban homework for the year at a training shortly before school opened, with Trifilio’s approval. The superintendent of schools also OK’d the change.

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shan palmer