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Nettleton Public Schools

Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) Plan

Starting April 7, 2020 

Nettleton Parents and Families: 

The NPS Curriculum and Leadership Team has analyzed various options for AMI during the required school closures due to Covid-19. Beginning on April 7, NPS will transition to the following plan for AMI until further notice: 

Grades K-8: Students in grades K-8 will utilize the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) instructional materials developed by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. ARkansas PBS will alter its regular television programming to provide age-appropriate educational content for three specific grade bands (PK-2, 3-5, 6-8). This option will replace the previous AMI packets sent home by your child’s teacher(s). The Arkansas AMI Learning Guides have been developed to support home-based instruction in association with the PBS educational television programs to promote activities that students and families may use to practice existing skills, learn new topics, and interact with one another in a meaningful way. Teachers will communicate with you weekly about the assignments and options to submit through your preferred method which might include text, email, Class Dojo, the Remind App, or Google Classroom. 

How to Watch: Tune in to Arkansas PBS to watch Arkansas Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) over the air or through your cable or satellite provider. You can find out how to watch at 

Daytime Broadcast: Monday-Friday Location: Channel 2 or 12 

Schedule: Grades K-2: 8:00-9:30 Grades 3-5: 9:30-11:00 Grades 6-8: 11:00-1:00 

If you miss the live broadcast? The AMI instructional content and shows will be available online after 4:00 P.M. of the same day of broadcast. Click here to connect to the website: 

Another option for accessing the AMI content is by downloading the Engage Arkansas PBS App. Once downloaded, click the small movie camera titled “Daily AMI” or “Watch” at the bottom of the screen to watch appropropriate grade level videos for your student. 

Help Desk Support: Having trouble getting the shows on your TV? Technical staff are available to help. 

* Email: * Phone Number: 501-682-2386 

Need help with the lessons? Educators are available during the daytime broadcast. 

* Email: * Phone Number: 501-682-0317 

Grades 9-11: Students in grades 9-12 will continue to utilize Google Classroom to access lessons created by their various teachers. The lessons will consist of review material that will serve to re-teach and/or reinforce previously learned skills. Teachers will be available through Google Classroom to assist students with any questions they may have regarding AMI lessons, materials, outcomes, etc. 

Grade 12: All students in Grade 12 will be contacted by Nettleton High School Administration regarding their academic status and made aware of any further requirements needed in order to successfully meet the conditions for graduation. 

Nettleton Public Schools remains committed to “whatever it takes, for every child,” even during this unprecedented time of education. The purpose of the AMI lessons is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to continue to participate in a meaningful and successful educational journey. The lessons are not meant to bring about any additional difficulties or feelings of anxiety during an already challenging time for our Nettleton Families. As such, completion of the AMI lessons can only serve to benefit the student and his/her grade. A student will not be punished, nor will their grade be negatively affected, for their non-completion of the AMI lessons. 

If you have any questions regarding specific, upcoming AMI lessons, please feel free to contact your student’s teacher for guidance and support...they will be more than happy to offer their assistance in order to best provide a positive learning experience for each one of their students. 

Report cards for the third quarter will not be sent home at this time. Parents may access grades by logging into their Home Access Account (HAC). Contact your child’s teacher if you are unable to access the HAC account or need login information. 

Thank you for your continued support. Proud to be a Raider! 

James Dunivan Superintendent 

Karen Curtner Assistant Superintendent 

Lacy Baker Secondary Curriculum Director 

Grace Petersen Elementary Curriculum Director 

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