Letter to Teacher about Incomplete Homework

By | September 16, 2016

You must have heard of teachers writing letters to parents about missing or incomplete homework. But have you ever heard of a parent writing one to a teacher telling her that his or her child’s homework is incomplete? Doesn’t usually happens does it?

Actually, it does. Many situations transpire that may leave a parent with no choice but to write a note to the teacher to inform him or her that their student’s homework is incomplete. Illness or lack of conceptual understanding are the two most common reasons. Other reasons may include a family emergency or a young student’s refusal to complete his or her homework. Whatever the reason, it is imperative for parents to inform the teacher that their child hasn’t done his homework – and the reason why.

In these days of easy communication and teachers not really minding receiving notes from parents, it is the easiest thing to write a letter to the teacher. You can either write a note in your child’s diary – but if your concerns need to be outlined in more than a few lines, it is best to write a letter. Here is a sample letter from a parent detailing why her child wasn’t able to complete her homework:


Letter to Teacher about Incomplete Homework


September 16, 2016

Ms. Ruby Dodge
Teacher – Grade 2
The Pine School
65 Riverside Road
Freeport, PA 72530


Dear Ms. Dodge:

This is with reference to my daughter Layla Quinto, who is your student in Grade 2 at The Pine School. After 3 hours of struggling with the mathematics homework that was given to her (due tomorrow morning), she finally gave up, saying that she did not understand triple addition.

As I went through her homework questions, I did figure out a way to help her understand the concept, however, I did not want to go against your school rules which state that parents should not introduce new concepts at home, because the process ends up in confusing the student. Layla is quite upset at not being able to complete her homework but I assured her that you will help her out during class.

I am confident that Layla will be able to grasp this tricky concept if you go through it with her a few times. I apologize for her not being able to complete her homework this time and hope that a similar situation does not transpire again.

Thank you for understanding Layla’s predicament (and mine as a parent).



Serena Quinto