In years past, snow days meant sleeping in for many students, but for Augusta Independent School students’ snow days will soon become school days. The district is excited to share its participation in “Non-Traditional Instruction” (NTI) days during the 2018-2019 school year. This program will allow the opportunity for Augusta Independent School students to be engaged in meaningful learning on inclement weather or emergency days when conditions prevent school from being in session.
The district’s new Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Program will give students the opportunity for skill reinforcement, remediation, and enrichment through a combination of conventional paper lesson packets and digital learning. If students do not have adequate internet access at home, or in some cases a family may have multiple students and only one computer, paper lesson packets are acceptable in place of digital assignments.
The NTI program is designed to provide do-at-home lessons for students during lengthy school cancellations due to snow/ice/illness. School districts across the state have adopted similar programs as a means of both keeping students active in learning during extended snow breaks, and cutting back on snow days that have to be made up at the end of the school year.
Augusta Independent can use up to 10 NTI days this school year, meaning those days will NOT be made up at the conclusion of the school year. Non-Traditional Instruction is not intended to take the place of in-class learning, therefore the state does not permit more than 10 NTI days during the school year. Students will be expected to continue learning “off-site” (home, daycare, etc.) and return completed school work within 7 calendars days after an NTI day and teachers report within 14 days student participation to the district. The program requires and its success depends on students’ participation.
Augusta Independent School will send home with students paper lesson packets for snow days on December 3rd, 2018. Families are asked to store them in a safe place should they be needed with the arrival of bad weather or illness. The lesson packets will be available on the district website, augusta.kyschools.us by clicking NTI Days on the Quick Link menu. The NTI packets will be sorted by grade, class or subject in accordance with students’ schedules.
The district will notify families with the standard “all-call” system, social media and news outlets of NTI days and the number of days. The lesson plans will be individually numbered for “Day One,” “Day Two,” etc. The NTI procedures will be reviewed with students by December and before the NTI days begin. Furthermore, the district will solicit feedback through student/parent surveys to gain program feedback on what is working well and areas that may need improvement.
Augusta Independent School’s NTI plans are tailored to each students’ grade level, courses and needs; in the coming days, you will receive more specific, detailed information. Please contact the school at 606-756-2105 or district at 606-756-2545, if you have any questions.