Arkansas Department of Education Alternative Methods of Instruction - DEADLINE EXTENDED and Webinar

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Learning Services
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Act 862 of 2017
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UPDATE to Commissioner’s Memo LS-17-093


The deadline for submitting Alternative Methods of Instruction plans has been extended to OCTOBER 1, 2017.  The Arkansas Department of Education, in an effort to support districts and answer questions pertaining to the new legislation and application, will host a webinar on Friday, August 25th. 


You are invited to a Zoom webinar. 
When: Aug 25, 2017 8:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Alternate Method of Instruction, ACT 862 
Please click the link below to join the webinar: 


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 of Education 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: contagious disease outbreak, inclement weather, or other acts of God, or 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.


To request that the Commissioner of Education approve a 2017-2018 alternative method of instruction plan, please complete the attached application, save a copy, and submit it to the Arkansas Department of Education by OCTOBER 1, 2017.  Email the application to Patty Martin at

You may also access the application from the Arkansas Department of Education website at:


If you have difficulty opening the application from the website, do the following:

  1. Highlight the document name;
  2. Right click
  3. Choose the option, Download Linked File or Save Link As; and
  4. Open the document.

If you have questions, contact Patty Martin at or 501-682-1114.

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