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Alternative Methods of Instruction FAQ
Miles Eubanks
Friday, December 07, 2018

Prairie Grove School District, in collaborative partnership with families and the community, will provide a secure environment of educational excellence where all belong, all learn, and all succeed.

The Prairie Grove School District has received approval for the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to offer Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) when the district must cancel school due to exceptional or emergency circumstances such as inclement weather.  AMI days allows our school district to count these days as school days as long as student instruction is done in an alternate method.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  •  What is an AMI Day?
    AMI stands for Alternative Method of Instruction.  The ADE-approved AMI days are beginning in the 2017-18 school year, per Act 862 of 2017.  AMI Days are intended to continue learning, even when the district must close due to inclement weather or other circumstances.  An AMI Day allows students to work on assignments at home and the day will be counted as a school day and not have to be made up at the end of the school year.
  • When would an AMI Day be used?
    The PGSD has five days added to the end of the school year to use as makeup days in case of weather, or other issues, causing schools to be canceled.  In the past, these days of school being missed would have to be made up at the end of the school year.  However, our district can now declare these days for AMI instead.  By doing this, the school year does not need to be extended to make up days missed.
  • How will attendance be counted?
    Students will have five (5) school days to complete and submit all AMI assignments to their teacher for the student to be counted as being present on the AMI day(s) used.  If more than one (1) AMI day is used, consecutively, deadlines will be adjusted.  Students not completing their AMI assignments, by the deadline, will be marked as absent for the day(s) that was declared an AMI Day while those that do complete the AMI assignments will be recorded as being present at school on the AMI day assigned. For example, if due to inclement weather, school is canceled on a Tuesday but is back in session the next day (Wednesday) the student has five school days to complete their AMI assignment.  In this case, the fifth day after school resumed would be Tuesday, so assignments would need to be turned in by Wednesday and allows the student to be counted as being present on the AMI day used (the previous Tuesday).  Students who do not complete and submit any AMI assignments on the following Wednesday would be counted absent on the AMI day (the previous Tuesday).
  • How many AMI Days are possible each year?
    The PGSD has been approved for up to 5 AMI days each school year.
  • How will I know when an AMI Day is being used?
    The district will communicate the closing of schools through the local newspaper, local radio/television stations, social media, and School Messenger service.  The message will state if the day will be an AMI day.
  • What are the expectations for teachers on an AMI Day?
    Since students are expecting an activity or assignment upon return from an AMI day, teachers are asked to create a plan for this assignment on this day.  Teachers will need to be prepared to share their AMI activity with their building administrator if asked.
  • Where can I find more information regarding an AMI Day?
    Please visit www.pgtigers.org to view the ADE-approved AMI plan, or contact your child’s building principal with any further questions.