• 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 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


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  • Northwest School Re-Entry Plan for 2020-21

    Please see the following document for the Northwest R-I Re-Entry Plan for 2020-21

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  • June 2020 Covid-19 Survey Results Available

    The results of the Covid-19 Parent and Guardian survey are available. See the results at

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  • Athletics and Activities Return July 1

    Athletics and activities return to action on July 1. Please see the forms and information at

    The forms and waiver MUST be signed by a parent or guardian before the student will be allowerd to participate or take the field.

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  • Material Pick-Up Information for Schools

    Pick-up dates and times for personal items left in the schools have been announced for elementary, middle, and high schools.

    Elementary school pick-up times:
    Wednesday, May 20: 9-11 a.m.
    Thursday, May 21: 4-6 p.m.
    Friday, May 22: 9-11 a.m.

    Middle school pick-up times:
    Wednesday, May 20: noon-2 p.m.
    Thursday, May 21: 3-5 p.m.
    Friday, May 22: 10 a.m. - noon

    Northwest HIgh School pick-up dates:
    Wednesday, May 20: Time to be announced
    Thursday, May 21: Time to be announced

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  • Coronavirus Information Page

    Northwest has created a page where all coronavirus information will be posted. 

    Please visit for the latest communications from Northwest, including event cancellations and postponements.

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  • Northwest R-I School Choice Form

    If you wish to have your child/children attend another school in the Northwest R-I School District besides your resident school, please complete the School Choice form.

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  • Do You Have a New Student or are you Withdrawing a Student for the 2020-21 School Year?

    The Northwest School District strives to ensure that we have the necessary staffing to provide students with a high quality education.  Each year we review student enrollment to determine staffing for the upcoming school year. With our buildings being closed, this provides a challenge to accurately staff our schools.  So, we need your help.  

    If you have a student that needs to be enrolled or you need to withdraw your child from Northwest, please fill out the form below.  This form is for enrollment information gathering only. It does not mean that your child is enrolled or withdrawn from the Northwest system.  

    Please complete a separate form for every student in your household.

    If you have any questions please email Mr. Catalana at

    Enrollment or Withdrawal Form

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  • Durham School Services Our 2020-21 transportation partner is hiring!


    Durham School Services is looking for great drivers and monitors in the Northwest R-I area.


    Apply here: and look for their Facebook ads.

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  • Prop S 

    Follow along as progress continues by clicking here.  


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