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Virtual learning offers Missouri schools an alternative to snow days

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 18:12:32-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Many local school districts have ways to work around snow days now with remote learning.

In Missouri, a law that went into effect at the start of of the 2020-2021 school year allows schools to have students work remotely rather than using a snow day.

The day is known as an AMI day, or alternative method of instruction. Schools are able to use up to five AMI days to replace snow days, which they do not have to add on to the end of the school year.

Parents in the Blue Springs School District received an email that Friday would be an AMI day due to the inclement weather.

Ashley Cary said she is glad her kids have a way to continue to do school when winter weather hits.

"Instead of just having a snow day and calling it what it is, everyone still got to do learning today so I enjoyed that because I don't want my kids to have to make up for things that they can do remotely," Cary said.

Cary said she appreciated the school district sending out a reminder email Thursday night letting parents know students should be ready for remote learning if the weather called for it.

"I felt like Blue Springs did a really good job with that," Cary said.

For the Park Hill School District, Friday was a regular day for students after administrators got up early to check out the roads.

Nicole Kirby, Director of Communication Services, said even though the district has the new option to use an AMI day, it doesn't factor into the decision-making process.

"The decision comes down to one thing and that's safety, can we get kids to school safely," Kirby said.