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Dear Sheridan School District Families:

We are pleased to announce the Sheridan School District’s Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) plan for the 2018-19 school year. The plan, which was recently approved by the Arkansas Department of Education, allows our district to use alternative methods of instruction on days when the district closes school due to exceptional or emergency circumstances.

The department granted our district up to five AMI days to be used this school year, on which students will complete activities and assignments at home rather than making up instructional days in the classroom. This will reduce the need to add instructional days onto the end of the school year.

Based on feedback from our parents, staff, and students, this year’s AMI plan is slightly different from last year. For the 2018-19 school year, we will use any make-up days that are available AND occur PRIOR to May 27, which is Memorial Day. After the available make-up days that occur PRIOR to May 27 have been used, additional days missed may be determined to be AMI days. As of today, Nov. 15, 2018, the district has two available makeup days that occur prior to May 27. These days are April 19 and May 24.

Anytime school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather, the district will notify families through the SSD Alert text messaging system as well as the local TV stations. We also will post the announcement to our social media and website, www.SheridanSchools.org. When an AMI day is used during a school cancellation, the announcement will state the missed day will be an AMI day.

Should an AMI day become necessary during the school year, students will complete a packet of instructional materials and assignments to receive credit for the missed day of regular instruction. In order for students to be counted “present” for the day, they must submit their AMI packet to their teacher by the due date. Students will have at least five days, starting from the first day school is back in session, to complete the packet. If we miss consecutive days, the amount of time to complete the assignment will be adjusted. AMI packets for AMI Day 1 and Day 2 will be released electronically by Dec. 10. Parents who prefer a printed copy of their child’s packet may request one from their child’s campus after Dec. 10. Packets are being made available in advance so that students will have the opportunity to work on the assignments during the missed day of school. Printed copies of the packets also will be made available to students as needed upon their return to school after an AMI Day(s). The final three days of AMI packets will be released at a later date.

We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the AMI process closely. Adjustments and improvements may become necessary in the coming years. At this time, we believe the district’s plan is in the best interest of our students in terms of learning, achievement, and safety.

Should you have additional questions, please contact your child’s campus. You may also access our AMI Frequently Asked Questions on our website. Thank you for being a part of the Yellowjacket Nation. It is a privilege to serve our students and community.

Sincerely,

SSD Communications


AMI Frequently Asked Questions

What is AMI?

AMI stands for Alternative Methods of Instruction. On AMI days students will complete AMI packets (i.e. activities and assignments) at home rather than making up instructional days in the classroom when the district closes school due to exceptional or emergency circumstances.

When will AMI days be used?

We will use AMI days during school cancellations only after we’ve exhausted any make-up days that are available on our school calendar AND occur PRIOR to May 27 (Memorial Day). After the available make-up days that occur PRIOR to May 27 have been used, additional days missed may be determined to be AMI days. As of Nov. 16, 2018, the district has two available make up days that occur prior to May 27. These days are April 19 and May 24.

How will my family be notified when the superintendent issues an AMI day?

Anytime school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather, the district will notify families through the SSD Alert text messaging system as well as the local TV stations. We also will post the announcement to our social media and website, www.SheridanSchools.org. When an AMI day is used during a school cancellation, the announcement will state the missed day will be an AMI day.

How will my family get the AMI packet?

AMI packets for AMI Day 1 and Day 2 will be released electronically by Dec. 10. Parents who prefer a printed copy of their child’s packet may request one from their child’s campus after Dec. 10. Packets are being made available in advance so that students will have the opportunity to work on the assignments during the missed day of school. Printed copies of the packets also will be made available to students as needed upon their return to school after the AMI Day(s). Additional AMI packets will be released at a later date, if necessary.

How long will my student(s) have to complete the AMI packet?

Students will have at least five days, starting from the first day school is back in session, to complete the packet. If we miss consecutive days, the amount of time to complete the assignment will be adjusted.

How does the AMI day affect my child’s attendance?

In order for students to be counted “present” for the day, they must submit their AMI packet to their teacher by the due date.

What if my student does not have computer or internet access?

Most of the AMI assignments will not require online access. For any online assignments, the students will have five days to complete the AMI assignment, so the work can be done at school if a student does not have a computer at home or does not have access to Internet there.

Does this mean my child will not be able to play in the snow on a snow day?

No, we understand that most children will want to play in the snow. That is one reason why the assignments will be due five days after students return to school. The packets will be made available to those families who wish to use that time to complete the school work.

What material is going to be covered on the AMI assignments?

We will not introduce any new information in the AMI packets. The AMI assignments will be based on material that has already been previously covered in the students' classes. These assignments will reflect priority learning standards that are essential to grade-level learning for each student.

What if my student needs help with the AMI assignment?

Students will have five days to complete the assignments upon their return to school. Teachers will be available to help the students during this time period.