Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI Days)

Be prepared for Inclement Weather Days this school year

   In Missouri, school districts will not be required to make up school hours that are lost or cancelled due to exceptional or emergency circumstances (up to 36 hours) if the district implements an Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) Plan. Exceptional or emergency situations might be weather related. The difference this year is that the Board of Education decided the first two (2) inclement weather days will be considered traditional snow days. The next five (5) days will be AMI Days. 
   On days when the district enacts AMI, families will be notified through the regular communication channels (phone call, text, email) utilized by the District and their child’s school. 
   Early Childhood & Elementary students will have access to printed materials that will be utilized for AMI and students will have access to District-provided devices and hotspots if necessary. Packets come home in early November. They can be accessed using the tabs at left if you have a printer at home. You should keep them in a safe spot for each of your students. During the school closing, students will be assigned learning activities to complete. Students will be required to submit completed learning activities upon their return to school. Teachers will be accessible for questions, clarification and feedback through their district e-mail. If your child has art, PE, music, library or technology on an AMI Day, that teacher will also contact you with activities. Student attendance for AMI days will be based upon work submitted when school is back in session.
    Secondary students should log-in to Canvas in the morning where their assignments will be available at the start of the school day. Some teachers might opt to teach live, but these sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend. Students without internet access will be provided alternate assignments. Teachers will be available to students as well as to parents/guardians via email throughout the school day. Student attendance for AMI days will be based upon work submitted when school is back in session.


AMI Day to-do list for families

If there is inclement weather in the forecast, families can do a few things to get ready for an Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) Day.
1. Download the Fort Zumwalt app so you will get a notification from the district if in-person learning is canceled due to inclement weather. REMEMBER: You will also get a phone call, just like on a traditional snow day. Remember: You can also sign up for texts. Follow these instructions. And remember: We always post school cancellations/closures on all of our websites.
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Elementary families should bookmark the AMI Packets page. You can always get to this webpage from our school website. Just pull down to AMI Packets under the Academics tab. Packets are on the site by grade level and should have been sent home from your school. Keeping the printed versions of the first two packets on hand might be helpful should the district call an AMI Day. When students turn in their assignments for the AMI Day the state doesn’t require us to make it up! (The state allows us to use up to six (6) AMI Days.)
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All staff and students should come home prepared. If there is inclement weather in the forecast, be sure to bring home the materials you will need for an AMI Day.
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Secondary families: Your child(ren) should bring home Chromebooks and chargers. Should the district call an AMI Day, secondary students should check-in on Canvas for the assignments for the day. When students turn in their assignments for the AMI Day the state doesn’t require us to make it up! (The state allows us to use up to five (5) AMI Days.)

Did you know: During their 13 years of school, the Class of 2022 has only experienced four years where the district had six or more snow days? 2010-2011 (1st Grade); 2013-2014 (4th Grade); 2019-2020 (10th Grade. Doesn't include COVID-19 closure); and 2020-2021 (11th Grade). However, last year, with the new AMI rules in place, students only made up one of the six inclement weather days. In total, the Class of 2022 has had to make up 35 snow days during their academic careers.