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AMI Day Letter
Posted On:
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
From your Superintendent

Dear Pottsville School District’s Families:

We are excited to share that Pottsville School District has been granted approval to offer “Alternative Methods of Instruction” or AMI days during the 2017-2018 school year. This plan will allow the opportunity for all Pottsville students to be engaged in meaningful learning on inclement weather days or emergency days when conditions prevent schools from being in session. *It will be the district’s discretion on whether the school is considered “closed” or if an “AMI” day needs to be implemented.

                                                                           

WHAT IS ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF INSTRUCTION (AMI)?

AMI simply allows for the continuation of learning when students miss days of regular instruction. Students will have the opportunity for skill reinforcement, remediation and enrichment through electronic or conventional paper lessons. The Arkansas Department of Education has granted Pottsville School District five (5) AMI days this school year on which students will be expected to continue learning off-site (home, etc.).  Some benefits of an AMI day include: more instructional time before State testing; assist in eliminating gaps in learning by providing individualized learning activities; and reducing the need for days to be added at the end of the school calendar.

 HOW WILL AMI DAYS WORK?           

·         7th Grade Students through 12th Grade Students

o    Students with Internet access available will be able to complete work electronically from home or another location using educational computer programs already familiar to your child.

o    Students who do not have Internet access due to power outages, etc…, will be given the opportunity to download materials prior to or after the AMI day.

·         Kindergarten Students through 6th Grade Students

o    Students will be given educational lessons and assignments in paper format.

·         ALL Students (Kindergarten through 12th Grade)

o    Instructions and information will be provided by your child’s teachers, and students are expected to complete the work within one week (7 days) of returning to school. *We understand that certain conditions may prevent a student from returning AMI work on the same day he/or she returns to school.

o    Teachers will be available on-line (email) during an AMI day from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. (providing there are no power outages).

·         Special Education and the AMI Process

o    General education/special education teachers can adjust lessons for accommodations.

o    Special education teachers create lessons.

o    Teachers may send home materials/manipulatives.

o    Special education teachers may call/email/facetime students and work with them over the phone or website  (including speech services, physical therapy).

      

IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER FOR AMI DAYS AT POTTSVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT:

·         Students will NOT attend school on an AMI day. All students will have assigned work to be completed at home on these days.

·         AMI days count as instruction days and do not have to be made up at the end of the school year if students and staff complete assigned work.

·         Students who do not complete the work will be marked absent for the related AMI or inclement weather policy AND will receive a zero for that assignment.

 HOW WILL WE KNOW IF AN INCLEMENT WEATHER/EMERGENCY DAY WILL BE COUNTED AS AN AMI DAY?

When the decision to use an AMI day is made, Pottsville School District will notify local radio stations, post information to the website, and send out a message through School Messenger. Instead of seeing or hearing “Pottsville School District-Closed,” you will see or hear “Pottsville School District-AMI Day.”

 As we implement this new method, we anticipate that we will learn lessons along the way and make necessary adjustments to improve our AMI plan to best meet the needs of our students. If you have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to phone or email your child’s building principal.

 Sincerely,

 Larry Dugger, Superintendent

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