Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education AMI Days extended to 10 days and Opportunity to Submit Application Extended

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Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; General Business Managers; Curriculum Coordinators; Bookkeepers; School Counselors

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The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has extended all approved 2019-2020 Alternate Methods of Instruction (AMI) applications for up to ten days.


In addition, DESE will accept new AMI applications for the 2019-2020 school year from districts that did not previously apply.  The deadline for submission is May 1, 2020.


An AMI plan outlines instructional practices that will take place during emergency or exceptional circumstances that prevent students from physically attending school on campus. The goal of the AMI plan should be to strengthen and reinforce instructional content while supporting student learning outside the classroom environment.   Effective plans address the involvement of all stakeholders including teachers, students, and parents.


The guidance document and application may be found on the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education website ( under Alternative Methods of Instruction


Submission Instructions:

  • E-mail completed applications to:
  • The deadline for applications to be submitted is May 1, 2020.
  • Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Incomplete or partial applications will not be reviewed.
  • Consult the AMI Guidance document (attached) for additional information regarding plan topics.
  • 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.



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