MOCAP: Missouri Course Access and Virtual Program
From MO DESE:
The Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) has developed a catalog of virtual online courses for students. Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, students will be able to take an entire course from any Internet-connected computer, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MOCAP's mission is to offer Missouri students equal access to a wide range of high quality courses, flexibility in scheduling, and interactive online learning. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the State Board of Education oversee administration and quality assurance activities such as related content and delivery of courses. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that provide virtual education outside of MOCAP are responsible for ensuring alignment and other statutory requirements are met.
- Mizzou Academy
To apply for MOCAP through LPS, please follow the procedures below:
- Read the virtual course student/parent handbook.
- Fill out the Request to Enroll in Virtual Course handout.
- Schedule a time with the student’s assigned counselor/administrator.
- If a student is approved, the counselor will provide next steps for enrollment.
- If a student is not approved for MOCAP, the student has a right to appeal. See below for that process.
Student Appeal Process:
If the district decides it is in the best educational interest of the student not to take MOCAP courses, the district shall inform the student and the student’s family of their right to appeal to the school board. The following process will then occur:
- Family presents their reasons for their child or children to enroll in MOCAP in an official school board meeting.
- Both the family and school administration shall also provide their reasons in writing to local board and the documents shall be entered into the official board minutes.
- Local board shall issue their decision in writing within 30 calendar days.
- Then an appeal may be made to DESE.
- DESE shall provide a final enrollment decision within 7 calendar days.
- Parents/guardians must first work with the LEA before submitting the appeal to DESE.
- Parents/guardians may only submit the documentation provided by the local school board to the MOCAP Appeal website.
- The LEA will receive notification of the appeal and a copy of the submitted documentation.
- Only MOCAP courses offered during the regular school year are eligible for appeal.
- The appeal process does not apply to summer school or virtual courses that are not MOCAP approved.