What is homework? Homework is typically an out-of-class task that your child is assigned as an extension of classroom work. This work could be a practice assignment that works on reinforcing new skills being learned or it could be an assignment that is given to help provide the students with background knowledge. Students are expected to complete their homework, as assigned. There is the possibility that a student will receive a detention during recess and/or after school if they fail to complete their work.