Augusta Independent Schools once again will implement “Non-Traditional Instructional (NTI)” days for the 2019-2020 school year. This means that AIS will be allowed to deliver content to students so that they can learn at home on bad weather or emergency days when conditions prevent schools from being in session. The NTI days will limit the interruption of learning that occurs due to school closings, because students will have assignments that provide review opportunities and application of prior learning. One change from last year is that all assignments are now online. If a student cannot access those assignments due to not having Internet, paper copies can be requested. Additionally, NTI days do not have to be made up at the end of the school year, provided that the students do their assigned work on NTI days.
Will an NTI day be used every time that school is cancelled for snow?
No, we will not count every snow day as an NTI day. AIS has been approved for up to ten NTI days for the 2019-2020 school year. Therefore, the number of days used will depend upon how many days school is cancelled due to inclement weather. If the winter season is mild and we don’t have to miss many days, the district may not use any of the NTI days that have been granted.
How will I know which snow day is an NTI day?
Listen carefully to the District’s “all call” phone messages, radio/television, district website and social media regarding when school is cancelled. You will be told when a day is an NTI day and what number that NTI day is.
What are teachers and staff doing on NTI days?
As weather permits, teachers and staff will report to work and will be available on NTI days to assist students or parents by phone, e-mail, or face to face between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm.
How do I access my student’s NTI assignments?
On the school district’s website, on the lefthand side, there is a quick link that says NTI days that you will need to click on. Once you have clicked on that link, a list of the teacher’s names will appear. You click on the name of the teacher that your student has. This takes you directly to that teacher’s webpage where the NTI assignments are posted.
How will students turn in their work on NTI days?
Students will complete assignments through on-line learning lessons. These lessons may introduce new content or offer skill reinforcement based on lessons previously taught. Lessons will be due 7 days after the NTI day. This includes weekend days.