AMI Distance Learning Day Info

In the past, when the weather made it too dangerous to get to school in the Park Hill School District, we just called a snow day and added the day to the end of the school year. Now that the state of Missouri has said we’re allowed to do distance learning from home, we have another option - an AMI distance learning day.


What is an AMI distance learning day?
The state of Missouri has a new rule, starting with the 2020-2021 school year, that school districts may use alternative methods of instruction, or AMI, instead of calling a snow day. Because students will learn from home on up to five AMI distance learning days, we will not have to add those days to the end of the school year. These are school days for both students and teachers.

This is a different rule from AMI-X, which is the Missouri rule that allows us to use our hybrid schedule and to provide distance learning when an entire class gets quarantined.


How many AMI distance learning days can we use in Park Hill?
In our 2020-2021 calendar, we built in five AMI distance learning days, as this is the maximum number allowed by the state of Missouri. 


What will we do if we use up all our AMI distance learning days?
If we have to use up all five AMI distance learning days, starting with the sixth day, we will go back to the old system of calling a snow day and adding the day to the end of the school year. 

This would mean all of our students and teachers would have the day off. In fact, because we must stick to our contract with our teachers, even our Park Hill Online students would have the day off if we run out of AMI days and have to call a snow day.


What will an AMI distance learning day look like for students?

  • All of our students, both in-person and Park Hill Online, will have distance learning on an AMI day from 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m., with a break from noon to 1 p.m. 

  • Students should check their online learning platform (Schoology or Seesaw) at 9 a.m. to see what teachers have planned for the day.


What will Adventure Club look like on AMI distance learning days?
The Adventure Club school-aged child care program will still be available for those who are already signed up, from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Students will have time to work independently on their schoolwork. Because the limited staff will be assisting students who have many different teachers and expectations for the day, they might not be able to ensure that all students complete their work while they are in Adventure Club.


Will there still be tuition preschool at Gerner on AMI distance learning days?


What will an AMI distance learning day look like for teachers?

  •  Teachers will work from home on AMI days, or they may choose to come into the classroom if they prefer to use equipment at school. 

  • Schedule:
    • Teachers will have planning time from 8 to 9 a.m.

    • They need to have lessons posted for students by 9 a.m.

    • Teachers will be available to students between 9 a.m. and 3:40 p.m., with the exception of an hour for lunch and midday planning from noon to 1 p.m.

    • This schedule reflects the length of the contract day in our teacher agreement.
  • Teachers will get a schedule from their building of when they can schedule video meetings if they choose to have them, so that students’ meetings will not overlap.


What will an AMI distance learning day look like for each employee group?
The human resources department created this table to help each group of employees know what to do on one of the five AMI days, and what to do on a snow day if we have six or more bad-weather days.

AMI days and snow days for each employee group (PDF)