Alternative Methods of Instruction

Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI)

Beginning in the school year 2020-21, a local education agency (LEA) 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 LEA implements an Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) Plan.  Exceptional or emergency situations may also be weather related.  

On days when the district enacts AMI, families will be notified through the regular communication channels (phone call, text, email, social media) utilized by the District and their child’s school. Electronic and/or web-based assignments and printed materials will be utilized for AMI and students will have access to District-provided devices and hotspots if necessary.  

During the school closing, students will be assigned learning activities to complete during the closure. 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. 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 six (6) AMI Days.)

Did you know: During their 13 years of school, the Class of 2021 has only experienced three years where the district had six or more snow days? 2010-2011 (2nd Grade); 2013-2014 (5th Grade); and 2019-2020 (11th Grade. Doesn't include COVID-19 closure)