The San Ramon Valley school board is scheduled to consider proposed changes to the district's administrative regulation on homework and makeup work Tuesday night.
The adjustments, recommended by the district's homework committee, aim to limit overall homework volume, eliminate homework over breaks, develop a more effective system for communicating and implementing the policy, and align with the Common Core State Standards and legal requirements, district officials wrote in a memo to the board.
"The proposed revisions also provide clearer language regarding what is and is not allowed under district policy," the staff report stated.
The district brought together a committee of teachers, students, parents and site administrators to make changes to the existing regulation in order to better reduce student stress and keep in line with ever-evolving instructional practices under the Common Core, district officials said.
The revised homework administrative regulation is listed as a discussion-only item on Tuesday's agenda, with final consideration due at a yet-unspecified date. The board's open-session meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. inside the boardrooms at 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.
In other business
* The school board will consider approving tentative agreements with California School Employees Association (CSEA) units II and III, which represent the district's clerical, technical and child nutrition employees, and paraeducators, respectively.
The deals include a 2% salary increase, retroactive to July 1, and a one-time monetary payment worth 2.38% of employee's annual salary at a combined cost this year of about $1.1 million. The board approved the same raises and payments for the district's other employee unions.
* Board members will accept initial proposals for bargaining talks next school year between the district and the teachers union, the San Ramon Valley Education Association.
The two sides mutually agreed upon what topics to broach during negotiations, including class size, health and welfare benefits, hours of employment, salaries and leaves.
* The board will receive an update on Gov. Jerry Brown's May revision to his state budget proposal, and then consider approving the district's budget assumptions for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
* Board members will discuss authorizing the closure of the district's adult education and deferred maintenance funds and transferring those funds' reserves to the general fund to be spent for those two purposes.
* The board will give special recognition to the district's speech contest winners and the San Ramon Valley Teacher Induction Project.
* Before the open-session meeting, the board will honor employees who are retiring from the district this year with a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the boardrooms.