It’s that time of year again in Arkansas when the weather is unpredictable and the chance of snow, sleet, freezing rain, or flooding increases. Our students are excited, our bus drivers are watchful, and our parents are anxious about whether school will be open or closed.
Due largely in part to school districts in North Arkansas that were missing a significant amount of school because of winter weather, the Arkansas legislature passed Act 862 of 2017 which allows a public school district to develop a plan for alternative methods of instruction (AMI) to be used on days when the superintendent closes school due to exceptional or emergency circumstances.
The Smackover-Norphlet School District submitted a waiver request to the Arkansas Department of Education and was granted five (5) AMI days to use when school is closed due to exceptional or emergency circumstances such as: a contagious disease outbreak, inclement weather, or other acts of God; or a utility outage.
What does this mean for me as a parent?
If the superintendent has reasonable belief that school could be closed for an emergency circumstance, SNOW FOLDERS will be sent home with students.
What is the difference between an AMI Snow Day and a Regular Snow Day?
How will we know if a school cancellation is an AMI Snow Day or a Regular Snow Day?
What if my student brings home a SNOW FOLDER and the weather turns out to be fine?
What if we experience unexpected bad weather and no snow folders were sent home?
If you have any further questions about AMI Snow Days and regular snow days, please contact the principal at your child’s school.
Dave Wilcox, Superintendent