Instruction for Inclement Weather Days
Arkansas Act 862 of 2017 allows a public school district and open-enrollment public charter school to develop a plan for alternative methods of instruction to be used on days when the superintendent closes school due to exceptional or emergency circumstances.
Jacksonville North Pulaski Schools plans to utilize AMI Days for the first five inclement weather days we encounter. Should we need to be out for more than five days, the built-in snow days in the school calendar will be used. These AMI plans and the details below are only a contingency plan in case we may need them.
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- AMI lessons will be provided by teachers during fall parent teacher conferences.
- AMI work will be due to teachers within five (5) days after school resumes.
- Students who complete the work (one lesson per day) will receive attendance credit for the AMI or inclement weather day.
- Students who do not complete the work will be marked absent for the related AMI or inclement weather day.
- These absences can negatively impact exam exemptions, perfect attendance, etc.
- Teachers will evaluate the work and return it with feedback. At a teacher's discretion, the work may or may not result in a grade in the grade book.
- All Teachers will be available for students via eMail, Google Classroom, Classroom Dojo, Google Voice, or Remind 101, between the hours 9AM - 3PM on Inclement Weather Days.
The Jacksonville North Pulaski Schools curriculum team recognizes direct instruction provided by highly qualified and effective teachers is the ultimate method of student achievement. The instructional staff also, recognize the research data that supports opportunities for students to manage their own learning, take charge of their own learning, and work independently with an abundance of choices that can occur anytime and anywhere. Alternative Methods of Instruction or AMI days will give students a unique opportunity to make more choices than usual about their learning, to manage their own learning, and to work independently. This approach will broaden student experiences during the school year while still containing our school year to the traditional school calendar without infringing on other portions of the calendar when our students are pursuing outdoor education, community-based teams, camps, and educational family travel.
As stated in the legislation, the Arkansas Commissioner of Education may grant up to the equivalent of five (5) student attendance days for public school districts that have an alternative instruction plan approved by the Commissioner of Education for the use of alternative methods of instruction, including without limitation virtual learning, on days when the public school district is closed due to exceptional or emergency circumstances such as a contagious disease outbreak, inclement weather or other acts of God, or a utility outage. The public school district’s alternative instruction plan shall demonstrate how teaching and learning in the public school district will not be negatively impacted by the use of alternative methods of instruction.