AMI, or Alternative Methods of Instruction, plans are implemented on days when school is canceled due to emergency or exceptional circumstances. Using AMI, students complete activities and assignments at home rather than making up instructional days in the classroom. The Arkansas Department of Education recently approved Bryant’s AMI plan for 2018-19, granting our district up to five (5) AMI days to be used this school year.
The district’s AMI plan will go into effect on the FIRST day of school missed. Students will complete assignments to receive credit for the missed day of regular instruction. These activities will provide practice for skills that have already been taught or serve as enrichment. No new skills will be introduced.
When a school closing is announced via Blackboard, the district website and social media, the message will also indicate an AMI day.
Assignments on AMI Days
K-5 students will receive a packet for each day eligible for AMI. Assignments will be given for reading, writing, vocabulary, mathematics, science, and social studies. If the district knows of the day to be missed in advance, packets may be sent home prior to the event. If an AMI day is unexpected, students will receive the packet upon their return to school. (Elementary students will bring home packets for Day 1 and Day 2 during the week of December 3-7. Assignments are also available online at bryantschools.org under the Parent section.)
Students in grades 6-12 will receive assignments in Google classroom for each class they attend on a ‘regular’ school day. Assignments will be posted by 9am; teachers are expected to monitor email and respond to questions. (Internet connectivity may vary during inclement weather events.) Students in grades 9 -12 who take classes via distance learning (Virtual Arkansas, Google classroom, APEX) will continue their learning as current practice in those classes.
Before anticipated AMI days, secondary teachers may provide paper packets to students who do not have internet access at home to complete AMI assignments. If these packets cannot be provided before AMI days are used, students will receive them when they return to school, and the work will be due by the end of the 3rd day after the packet is received. The same expectations for grading and attendance apply for this work as for the work received via Google Classroom.
Students will be encouraged to submit their work to Google classroom as soon as it is completed. Teachers will be expected to grade, record and return work to students within one week of submission.
Students will be counted present for each part of the day for which completed work is returned to the teacher by the end of the 3rd day following an AMI day. Attendance sheets from the office will be used to maintain accurate records.
Student work from AMI days will be graded by the teacher and recorded as classwork. Not submitting the completed work within the allocated time with no communication from a parent about extenuating circumstances will result in an unexcused absence for elementary and a “0” being assigned for the work in addition to the unexcused absence in secondary. If work is not completed due to extenuating circumstances, the student will be given the opportunity to complete and return the work within 3 days following AMI. The principal will make the final decision on excused/unexcused absences, in accordance with the district handbook.
If you have additional questions, please contact your child’s principal.