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  • An Update from Dr. Kirchhofer

    An update from Dr. Kirchhofer Northwest Superintendent Dr. Desi Kirchhofer has an update about second semester and a possible return to in-person classes four days a week for grades 6-12. Read more on our website

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  • Snow Days vs. AMI Days

    In the event of inclement weather, Northwest now has the option of calling a traditional snow day or an AMI day. A snow day is a day in which all district buildings are closed. Students and teachers do not have to log in. AMI (Alternative Method of Instruction) are "virtual" days. Buildings are closed, but students learn at home with assignments provided by their classroom teachers. 

    When faced with inclement weather, Northwest will use a combination of traditional snow days and AMI days. Other circumstances, such as the timing of the weather event and the forecast, will always play into the decision. Northwest will notify families via our communication channels (phone, text, email, website, social media) if it is a traditional snow day or an AMI day. 

    Northwest currently has students on three different schedules in our district: PreK-5 attending five days per week in-person, grades 6-12 who attend on an A/B hybrid schedule, and OnLionEdu students, who are all virtual. 

    An AMI day will look like a virtual day. Students will use their Chromebooks to access Google Classroom(s) and complete the work provided by their teachers. Students will be expected to attend Google Meets with their classroom teachers. Based on the forecast, if a student does not have internet access, a work packet will be sent home with them the day before.

    Elementary students will receive a schedule that communicates when they should log on to their classes. Secondary students should follow their A/B schedule for that particular day. There are no classes on snow days, including OnLionEdu students. AMI days will not impact OnLionEdu students. They will proceed with their regularly scheduled lesson plans.

    Please see the Parent Guidance for AMI and AMI-X (extended closure) days.

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  • Covid-19 Dashboard Now Available

    Looking for the latest numbers for Covid-19 in the Northwest R-I School District? Visit https://www.northwestschools.net/coviddashboard for the most up-to-date information from individual schools as categorized by student and staff positives and recoveries.


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  • Grades 6-12 Hybrid FAQ

    For Frequently Asked Questions about the grades 6-12 hybrid classes, please see the PDF document


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  • OnLionEdu Information

    For information about OnLionEdu, please see the OnLionEdu section of our website.

    Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page about OnLionEdu.

    For additional questions, please email OnLionEdu@northwestschools.net


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District News

  • Dow Named Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education

    The Northwest R-I School District is proud to announce that Dr. Doréan Dow has been named the new assistant superintendent of secondary education.

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  • Northwest School District Announces Staff Award Winners for 2020-21

    The Northwest R-I School District announced their staff award winners for the 2020-21 school year.

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  • Are Classes Canceled? A Look at How Snow Days are Determined

    “Are classes canceled?” is a question that Northwest administrators hear any time meteorologists predict winter weather or winter weather occurs. Social media, the Administrative Center, and all of the school offices are inundated with messages asking the question. Undoubtedly, the answer will disappoint someone, whether it is a parent or student, wondering why classes are canceled or not. Northwest Superintendent Dr. Desi Kirchhofer is the person to make the final decision, but he is not the only person with input. Kirchhofer explained the process of deciding to cancel classes or not, and that it is more than just looking outside and seeing snow on the road.

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