Alternative Methods of Instruction
AMI/Continuity of Services
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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 canceled due to exceptional or emergency circumstances (up to 36 hours) if the LEA implements an Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) Plan that is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) (see Section 171.033, RSMo). This document outlines the Marshfield R-1 School District’s AMI Plan for the 2023-2024 school year. With this being the second year of implementation, the plan should be considered fluid, as it could be changed as additional information is made available by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Going into school closures, district administrators understand the District may be faced with three different scenarios: intermittent/short-term closures (e.g., water main breaks, flu days, etc.), long-term closures which may be consecutive days which the district knows in advance (e.g., severe health related issues, storm damage, etc.), or a modified reduced capacity schedule. The way to approach these three scenarios is different, due to the needs and time-frame. Intermittent/short term closures and extended long-term closure scenarios are outlined in this document for each building within the district, followed by information related to a reduced capacity schedule.
Additionally, federal requirements set forth in the American Rescue Plan (ARP) require districts to have a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan (SRCSP). The Continuity of Services requirement is similar to DESE’s previously required AMI-X Plan, which describes the district’s plan for continuity of services in the event of district closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, this plan will continue to contain information on extended closure procedures even though the AMI portion of the plan is exclusively for short-term closures as set for by 171.033, RSMo.