This year, Conway Public Schools has received approval from the State to use “Alternative Methods of Instruction” (AMI) on days where we have inclement weather and must cancel school. We will refer to “AMI Days” when we talk about using these as “Make Up Snow Days” this year, and we will take advantage of using this new way of teaching and learning on these days.
When regular school is cancelled and it is considered to be an “AMI Day,” students will be given assignments for their class(es) that have been predetermined by their teachers. These assignments are consistent for various grades and subjects throughout the district and will be based on existing knowledge, not new material. They are to be completed at home within 5 days of returning to school and graded accordingly. It is our goal that “AMI Days” enable us to continue learning despite the uncontrollable elements of the weather, not allowing inclement weather to push our school calendar into June.
“AMI Days” will be used the first time we have inclement weather this school year. Please ask your child’s principal if you have questions about this new practice. Our inclement weather policies and procedures are detailed on our website here.
How/when will the AMI assignments be given to students?
Whenever possible, students will be given the AMI assignment upon receiving the forecast of inclement weather. This will allow them time beforehand to complete the assignment. If inclement weather occurs without advance warning, students will be given the assignment upon returning to school. Please don't worry if students do not have assignments before an AMI Day. They will receive the assignments when they return to school and have 5 days to complete them.
The assignments for students in grades K-7 will be given in a hard copy/paper packet. Assignments for students in grades 8-11 will be in a packet for their core classes, and most 8th-11th elective classes will be posted on Google Classroom. A few elective assignments will be handed out to students by their elective class teachers. All 12th grade assignments will be posted on Google classroom.
Example 1: Monday evening's news calls for snow later in the week. Radar and models look probable for snow in Conway Thursday and maybe Friday. Teachers will give out the AMI assignment Tuesday morning. If we miss school for snow, it will be due 5 days after the first day students return to school. (If students are out Thursday and Friday it would be officially "assigned" on Monday when they come back and due the Monday after that.
Example 2: Freezing rain coats the roads overnight on a Sunday night, making roads treacherous and unsafe for driving early Monday morning. We cancel school early Monday morning. Teachers will give the AMI assignment when students come back to school Tuesday morning. It will be due the next Tuesday.
What if my student does not have computer or internet access?
Most of the AMI assignments will be given as a hard copy/paper packet. For any online assignments, the students will have 5 days to complete the AMI assignment, so it can be done at school if a student does not have a computer at home or does not have access to internet there. A student can complete the AMI assignment before/after the snow day at school.
When will the AMI assignment be due?
Students will have 5 school days after the missed snow day to complete the AMI assignment(s).
What material is going to be covered on the AMI assignments?
The AMI assignments will be based on material that has already been previously covered in the students' classes. They will not contain any new subject matter.
These assignments will reflect the power standards prioritized by our district, which are those learning standards that are essential grade-level learning for each student.
What if my student needs help with the AMI assignment?
Teachers will be available to help with the AMI assignments, before, during, and after the AMI day. Parents and/or students can pose questions of their teacher via Google Classroom, email, or upon return.
Does my child have to complete the AMI assignment on the actual "snow day?"
No. Each student will have 5 days after the missed snow day to complete the AMI assignment(s).
What is the penalty for not completing the AMI assignment?
Teachers are required to assess and record student AMI work. Students who fail to complete the AMI assignment will not receive credit for that assignment.
How many AMI days will we have in one school year?
We have been approved for 5 AMI days this school year.
Will we ever have a "Snow Day" without it being an "AMI day?"
What does this mean for CPSD employees?
We expect our teachers to collaborate on these AMI assignments to make them the best they can be for our students and to also make themselves available for questions if needed on the actual AMI days.
When students return to school, teachers will be required to assess and record all student work completed during the AMI day within 5 days of its due date.
Supervisors of Classified employees will receive instruction in regard to their responsibilities on AMI days.