2020-21 AMI Information
We are excited to share that Dallas County R-1 School District has been granted approval to offer “Alternative Methods of Instruction” or AMI days during the 2020-2021 school year. This plan will allow the opportunity for all Dallas County R-1 students to be engaged in meaningful learning on inclement weather days or emergency days when conditions prevent district schools from being in session. Parents will be informed when an AMI day has been scheduled.
WHAT DOES ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF INSTRUCTION (AMI) MEAN?
AMI simply allows for the continuation of learning when students miss days of regular instruction due to district closure. Students will have the opportunity for skill reinforcement, remediation and enrichment through electronic or conventional paper lessons. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has granted the Dallas County R-1 School District six (6) days this school year on which students will be expected to continue learning off-site (home, etc.). Some benefits of an AMI day include: assisting in eliminating gaps in learning by providing learning activities and reducing the need for days to be added at the end of the school calendar.
How Will AMI Days Work?
- During fall registration, parents will choose the type of AMI they want for their child: Virtual (students will connect to the internet to receive instruction and instructional activities) or Packets (paper/pencil packets of instructional information and activities). Parents choosing packets will still be able to contact teachers via email or phone when questions arise.
- The district will inform parents and students when an AMI day has been scheduled.
- Online resources will be provided by teachers through CANVAS learning management system or other approved online web resources. Teachers will communicate these online options via email or through CANVAS communication. We understand not all students have the ability to work online from home. CANVAS activities can be downloaded and completed offline; these activities can then be uploaded once the student is able to access internet connectivity.
- Instructions and information will be provided by your child’s teachers, and students are expected to complete and submit learning activities within three (3) days of returning to school. If you have questions about learning activities, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher through email, or by calling your child’s classroom teacher’s telephone extension (voicemail messages will be sent to teachers via email) as teachers will be monitoring their emails during regular school hours.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER FOR AMI DAYS AT Dallas County R-1:
- Students will NOT attend school on an AMI day. All students will have instructional activities to be completed at home on AMI days.
- AMI days count as instructional days and do not have to be made up at the end of the school year if students and staff complete assigned work.
- Students who do not complete and submit AMI assignments, within three days of returning to school, will be marked absent for the related AMI day.
- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has allowed six (6) AMI days for the 20-21 school year.
- As we implement this new method, we anticipate that we will learn lessons along the way and make necessary adjustments to improve our AMI plan to best meet the needs of our students. If you have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to phone or email your child’s school.
- DCTC students will work with their director and teachers to determine the best AMI path.