Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI)

As the school calendar indicates, Mondays could be used as inclement weather make-up days.  The district will notify all families in advance if a Monday will be used as a student make-up day. 


In addition, the Missouri Department of Education (DESE) allows school districts to implement Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) when school buildings are closed due to sudden, unexpected short-term closures such as utility outages or inclement weather. AMI can be used to make up 36 hours of lost instructional time. During an AMI day, students will complete specific school work at home as assigned by their classroom teachers. 


When a decision is made to cancel school due to inclement weather, the district will send notifications through ParentSquare.  The district will state whether it is a traditional snow day or if the district will implement an AMI day.  If the district does not implement an AMI day, students will not have any assigned work to complete, and there is a possibility of a Monday being assigned as a make-up day later. 





Elementary students (K-5) will utilize “Literacy-Math-Create” choice boards. Teachers will provide a paper packet for each student and send a message on ParentSquare on the morning of the closure. These choice boards will have specific instructions on learning activities your child will need to complete.  If you have technology at home, students can complete those choice board tasks. The completed and signed choice board will serve as student attendance for days not in attendance due to a short-term closure. 


Secondary students (grades 6-12) will receive their assignments through their teachers’ Google Classrooms. Completed assignments will serve as student attendance for days not in attendance due to a short-term closure. For secondary students that need a hotspot for home, please contact the building principal.  


Students will be held accountable for completing assigned work. Teachers will check for understanding in various ways, including collecting the lessons and activities the next day of attendance, having students submit them electronically, or checking the log of electronic/web-based/app activities for completion.  Per DESE, all AMI assignments must be submitted the next day of in-seat attendance.  Assignments not submitted by the second school day upon return will be marked as a student absence.


If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or building principal. 

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