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 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: a contagious disease outbreak, inclement weather, or other acts of God; or a 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. See Commissioner's Memo LS-18-018
, dated August 18, 2017.
To request that the Commissioner of Education approve a 2017-2018 alternate method of instruction plan, please complete the Act 862 Application 2017-2018, save a copy, and submit it to the Arkansas Department of Education by October 1, 2017. Email the application to Patricia Martin at Patricia.Martin@arkansas.gov
Alternative Methods of Instruction Webinar, August 25, 2017
Instructions to Download the Application
2) Choose the following option: Download Linked File (or Save Link As)
3) Open the document.