Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Alternative Methods of Instruction

Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI)

Act 862 of 2017 allows a public school district and open-enrollment public charter school to develop a plan for alternative methods of instruction to be used on days when the superintendent closes school due to exceptional or emergency circumstances.  As stated in the legislation, the Commissioner of Education may grant up to the equivalent of ten (10) student attendance days for public school districts that have an alternative instruction plan approved by the commissioner for the use of alternative methods of instruction, including without limitation virtual learning, on days when the public school district 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. The public school district’s alternative instruction plan shall demonstrate how teaching and learning in the public school district will not be negatively impacted by the use of alternative methods of instruction.

This initial application is for five (5) AMI days.  Additional AMI days (up to a total of ten (10) per school year) may be requested by submitting a letter of amendment explaining the exceptional or emergency circumstances to

Submission Instructions:

  • Complete the AMI Application for the current year to submit the details of your plan.
  • E-mail completed applications to
  • The deadline for applications to be submitted is September 15th.
  • Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.  Incomplete or partial applications will not be reviewed.
  • Notification of status will be sent via email to the superintendent at the address provided on the application.
  • Approval is granted for the current school year only. Applications must be renewed annually.

2019-2020 Alternative Methods of Instruction

Examples of 2019-2020 Approved Applications

For more information, please contact:

Tracy Webb, Coordinator of Systems Support and Monitoring
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Box 26
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: 501-683-0737

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