Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP)
SPRING 2021-2022 MOCAP Enrollment Window: Dec 1st-Jan 14th
What is MOCAP?
In 2018, Senate Bill 603 was passed establishing the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP). MOCAP is intended to provide access to online courses for all Missouri K-12 students.
What is a MOCAP “Course Provider”?
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) maintains a list of approved course providers for Missouri students. The Grandview C-4 School District’s preferred course provider is Launch. Launch is a virtual learning platform developed and operated by the Springfield Public School District. Why do we prefer Launch?
- They are in Missouri
- Courses are taught by Missouri Educators
- They are a non-profit
- Our experience with them shows;
- They put students and families first
- They provide technical and academic support to parents and students
- They are organized and communicate well with families and sending school districts
- Courses are developed by Missouri educators
LEARN MORE ABOUT LAUNCH
Although parents have the right to request other providers from DESE’s list, we highly recommend Launch and discourage parents from requesting placement with providers that utilize for-profit companies like K12 (Stride Inc.) to manage their programs. Although these programs may be loosely associated with a Missouri school district, they are maintained by for-profit companies that typically operate outside the State of Missouri. Although we discourage the selection of these providers, applications are never denied based on the selected provider and parents have the right to choose any DESE-approved MOCAP provider. Why do we discourage these providers?
- They typically operate outside the State of Missouri.
- They are for-profit companies that often put shareholder interests above students and families.
- Although courses are taught by teachers certified to teach in the State of Missouri, many do not actually live in the State of Missouri.
- Courses are not developed by Missouri educators.
Note: MOVA is operated by the Grandview R-2 School District and has no association with the Grandview C-4 School District.
Who is eligible for MOCAP placement in the Grandview C-4 School District.
- Students must live within the Grandview C-4 School District’s attendance boundaries and have completed the residency and registration processes.
- Students must have attended school in Grandview or another Missouri Public School or Charter in the semester previous to the request, or have a documented physical/psychological diagnosis/condition that prevented enrollment. Students from out of state, private schools, or homeschool must attend for at least one semester before being eligible for MOCAP placement.
How do I sign my student(s) up for a MOCAP Program?
Step #1- Complete the Online Registration Process for the Grandview C-4 School District. Information for online registration can be found here and begins on July 6th at 8 a.m. for the 2021-2022 school year.
Note: MOCAP students remain registered students in their district of residence. Students will not be considered for MOCAP placement until residency is confirmed and the registration process is complete.
Step #2- Complete this form and provide it to the front office of the school building your student attends between Dec.1st, 2021, and Jan.14th, 2022. The form can not be accepted outside of this window.
What Should I expect?
- A District committee will examine the MOCAP request and make a determination as to if the MOCAP placement would be in the student’s best educational interest. Factors for this determination could include but are not limited to;
- The student’s success or lack of success in any previous virtual courses and/or program.
- The student’s attendance record
- The student’s previously observed time-management skills and ability to be successful in a learning environment that requires persistence and personal accountability.
- Parents/Guardians will be notified of the best educational interest determination within 10 business days of receiving the application.
- If the application is approved the student/parent will receive any required documentation and the student will be enrolled in the specified program.
- If placement is deemed to not be in the student’s best educational interest, parents will be notified of the reasons in writing.
- If the student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) the student's IEP team will make the final decision regarding student enrollment in a virtual course in accordance with federal law, and the decision must be appealed through the special education process rather than through the Board of Education.
- All other students will have the option to appeal the decision to the Grandview Board of Education. Appeals should be submitted in writing to Kathy Meyers, Secretary, Grandview Board of Education. A closed hearing will be provided in which parents can state their appeal for the Boards consideration. The Board of Education will issue a decision within 30 calendar days of the meeting.
- In the event the parent/guardian is not satisfied with the decision of the Grandview Board of Education an appeal can be submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This decision will be considered final.