Planning for Winter Weather
As the winter season approaches, we want to remind you of two important things to consider in the event of inclement weather.
School Closure Information
If the National Weather Service is predicting a winter storm, our administration monitors the forecast closely. If a winter weather event occurs, our team will make every effort to make a decision regarding school attendance as soon as possible.
If the district determines a snow day or an Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) day is needed or we opt for early dismissal, notifications will be sent out via the following methods:
- Phone call from the district (will not be sent before 6 a.m.)
- Facebook and Instagram posts on district accounts
- Notification sent through the school app and a text message sent through school text alerts (will not be sent before 6 a.m.). Click here to sign up for text messaging.
- Local media and TV outlets
NOTE: Families should make sure all contact information is current and update-to-date in your child's building level office. We apologize if you receive more than one notification, however, we strive to make sure all patrons receive the notice.
Details about snow days & AMI days
While we love a traditional snow day, in an effort to avoid impacting the end of our school calendar, the district plans to utilize AMI days during inclement weather.
AMI days are an option provided by the state for schools to use during short-term closures such as an inclement weather day. On these days, the district will provide instruction virtually for students to complete at home. In return, the state allows us to count the day in our school calendar instead of having to make it up at the end of the year.
Our goal is for students, teachers and families to have a positive experience during AMI days. If your child is having difficulty completing their assignments, arrangements and accommodations will be made when they return to in-person instruction.
If district notification states it is a snow day, students are not asked to complete coursework. If the notification states it is an AMI day, we ask that students complete their work from home that day.
Eunice Thomas Elementary:
Parents of students in Kinder Academy-second grade will log-on to their child’s Canvas account to view assignments that should be completed during the AMI day. Your child’s classroom teacher will be sending an AMI letter, Canvas information and a hard copy of the Learning Menus home with your child for your review. Classroom teachers will also be communicating AMI information with you through SEESAW on snow days.
Third-fifth grade parents received their child’s AMI coursework during their fall parent teacher conference. Intermediate students also have the option to access assignments through Canvas. The Canvas log-in page is found here.
CMS & CHS:
Sixth-twelfth grade students will find their AMI work on Canvas. If your middle school or high school child did not bring their school issued device home and attempts to access Canvas through a new or different device, the log-in page is found here.
Sixth-eighth grade students who do not have access to the internet at home and are unable to complete their AMI work will be given time to finish assignments during homeroom when the student returns to school.
Ninth-twelfth grade students who do not have access to the internet and are unable to complete their AMI assignments will complete their coursework when they return to campus. It will be the responsibility of each student to work with their teacher to ensure required coursework is completed.
Please know that we take the responsibility of making these decisions seriously and strive to consider the various situations of our students.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact your child’s building level office or reach out to their teacher directly.
Wishing you all a safe and happy winter season!
Dr. Merlyn Johnson
Cassville R-IV Superintendent