Alternative Methods of Instruction

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March 13, 2020

Dear Parents,

The School District of Washington has worked through a collaborative process to implement an Alternative Method of Instruction (AMI) plan to be utilized on days school is closed currently due to the coronavirus, but in the future it could be used for inclement weather, flooding, exceptional emergency circumstances, or other natural disasters.

The goal of the AMI plan is to embed learning activities focused on reinforcement of critical learning standards, enrichment activities, or support for further skill development. Consistent practice and exposure to skills without interruption is the most effective way to ensure student understanding and mastery of content knowledge is achieved.  

We will notify all guardians, as we have in the past, via school outreach calls, social media postings, and through local television stations in the event of school closures and use of AMI days.

In the event of school closing, teachers will be accessible for questions, clarification, and feedback through email. The School District of Washington will have an AMI icon link on the district’s webpage to access student work for the missed days, along with an explanation of expectations. Directions and pertinent information will be included within the Student Learning Activities link.

School District of Washington counselors have created information and resources to help with anxieties and concerns regarding COVID-19, which may be found in the Counselor Information and Resource link.

Learning Activities Due Date

Students will complete learning activities at home during the missed day(s). Learning activities will be returned digitally or packets will be returned to school throughout the school closure, or within four days of returning to school. Student attendance for AMI days will be based upon work submitted when school is back in session.  

Lesson Activities and Expectations

Student access to the internet has been taken into consideration. Access to learning activities will be in multiple formats, online and hard copy, to meet the needs of all students.  Learning activities will reinforce learning already presented during daily classroom instruction.  Instruction for online activities will also be included for students who have access to the internet and devices.  

Grades K-6: Students in grades K-4 can access learning activities through the district’s Student Learning Activities link. Select your student’s grade to view directions, teacher contact information, and activities.  In the event the learning activities cannot be accessed through technology, a paper packet will be provided to students upon request from the guardian. 

Student learning activities do NOT have to be printed.  Students can complete the required assignments on the printed documents or on notebook paper.

Grades 7-12 Students in grades 7-12 can access learning activities through the teacher’s usual delivery method. A list of each teacher’s delivery method is available through the district’s Student Learning Activities  link. 

Student learning activities do NOT have to be printed.  Students can complete the required assignments on paper.

Students unable to access the internet will be provided a hard copy of learning activities upon request from student or guardian.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.

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