From the Office of the Superintendent: Information Regarding AMI Snow Days
Jennifer Lee
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dear Parents,

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.

  • Snow folders contain work from every single class including fine arts, physical education, career and technical education, and core content classes.
  • Teachers will include contact information for the students in case the student has difficulty completing the assignment. The contact information may be one of the following:  email address, phone number, etc.
  • Students will need to complete the work in the snow folders ONLY if school is officially cancelled and declared an AMI SNOW DAY.
  • On the day students return to class, students are expected to return all completed work to their teachers.
  • Failure to complete the work in the snow folders and return the work to the teachers will be counted as an absence for the student.

What is the difference between an AMI Snow Day and a Regular Snow Day?

  • AMI Snow Day - Snow folders will be sent home with students with work for students to complete at home. Because the students are completing work at home, AMI Snow Days do not have to be made up at the end of the year.
  • Regular Snow Day – No snow folder was sent home with students. This day will be made up at the end of the year.

How will we know if a school cancellation is an AMI Snow Day or a Regular Snow Day?

  • Parents will be notified by phone using the number on file in the school office and an announcement will be placed on The Buckaroo Blog.
  • If your phone number has changed since the beginning of the school year, please contact the school office to update your information.
  • To receive automatic emails from The Buckaroo Blog, go to, and enter your email address on the lower right hand column on the blog.

What if my student brings home a SNOW FOLDER and the weather turns out to be fine?

  • Do NOT complete the work in the snow folder until school has been officially canceled and declared an AMI SNOW DAY. Official announcement of school closing will be through automated phone messages sent by the superintendent’s office and through notification on The Buckaroo Blog.
  • As a courtesy to the teachers who have spent a great deal of time preparing the snow folders, do NOT throw the folders and the work inside the snow folders away!
  • Students will be expected to return the snow folder with the uncompleted work back to the teacher the next day.

What if we experience unexpected bad weather and no snow folders were sent home?

  • This would be considered a regular snow day and students would be expected to make up the day at the end of the school year.


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