Alternative Methods of 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.
Bentonville Schools plans to utilize traditional “snow days” for the first three inclement weather days we encounter. Should we need to be out more than three days, the superintendent will seek approval from the school board to utilize an AMI day. These AMI plans and the details below are only a contingency plan in case we may need them.
Click here for PreK-8 assignments. High School assignments were sent home by teachers.
- AMI lessons will be provided by teachers in early January and posted to websites.
- AMI study, research, and investigation (SRI) charts will include up to five optional lessons to complete instead of school attendance.
- 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
- In most cases, AMI lessons will be provided in one-page charts that a student/parent can keep as a screenshot.
- K-8 students will be given study, research, and investigation (SRI) charts for the four core subjects.
- Grade 9-12 students will be given one chart per course of enrollment.
- During the ten (10) days after school resumes each teacher will publish at least three hours of before and after school availability to help support and tutor students with AMI lessons as needed.
The Bentonville Schools educational 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.