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  • Snow Days and AMI Days for Inclement Weather

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

    Based upon the results of the AMI vs. Snow Day survey sent in October, when faced with inclement weather, Northwest will likely use a combination of traditional snow days and AMI days. Currently, Northwest plans to use three snow days before implementing an AMI day. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education states that schools are allowed to have no more than 36 AMI hours in a single school year, which equals five days of school in our district.

    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 snow day or an AMI day. On an AMI day, students will receive instructions from their teachers about how to access and complete the day's assignments.

    For more information, please call 636-677-3473.

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  • Northwest R-I School District Selects New Superintendent

    With a vote of 7-0, the Board of Education has approved Dr. Jennifer Hecktor as the new Superintendent of the Northwest R-I School District effective July 1, 2022. She will replace Dr. Desi Kirchhofer, who is retiring effective June 30, 2022. Dr. Kirchhofer has served as superintendent since 2017. 

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  • 2021-22 Family Inclement Weather Survey Results

    In late October, the Northwest School District sent a survey to families with children in the district, asking their preference in traditional inclement weather days (snow days), AMI days (virtual learning), or a combination of both.

    The results are now available, and you can see what Northwest families would prefer regarding inclement weather days. 

    17.9% would prefer AMI (virtual learning) days. 
    36.3% would prefer traditional inclement weather days (snow days)
    45.9% would prefer a combination of both. 

    We thank you for your participation in the survey.

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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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  • Kindergarten Expo Scheduled for March 12

    The Kindergarten Registration and Expo will be held March 12, 2022 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Northwest High School gymnasium. 

    In order to register for kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year, the child must be 5 years old before Aug. 1, 2022.

    Please bring the following items with you:

    • The child's birth certificate
    • Immunization records
    • Proof of residency (Two forms required, like utility bills, mortgage or lease, etc.)

    In addition to kindergarten registration, there will be games, books, inflatables, food, live music from the Professor Jefferson Band, and much more.

    For more information, please call 636-677-3473.

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District News

  • Northwest R-I School District Selects New Superintendent

    With a vote of 7-0, the Board of Education has approved Dr. Jennifer Hecktor as the new Superintendent of the Northwest R-I School District effective July 1, 2022. She will replace Dr. Desi Kirchhofer, who is retiring effective June 30, 2022. Dr. Kirchhofer has served as superintendent since 2017.

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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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