Virtual Learning Requests, Launch and MOCAP
The Center School District provides an alternative to in-person instruction for students in grades K-12. Because virtual instruction can be an effective education option for some students, the district may offer virtual courses to students through district staff or by contracting for those services as part of the district-sponsored curriculum. In addition, eligible students may enroll in virtual courses offered through the Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP). The district will accept all grades and credits earned through district-sponsored virtual instruction and MOCAP.
Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) was established in 2007 as the state’s online school. It was previously known as Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MOVIP).
MOCAP offers courses to grades K-12 through a pre-approved list of providers. Students can take courses 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, and interactive online learning that is neither time nor place dependent. If a student wishes to pursue an online class offering through a MOCAP course provider other than Launch (see below), he/she must contact the school’s counselor or administrator to begin the process.
The district will pay the costs of a virtual course only if the district has first approved the student's enrollment in the course as described in this policy. Even if a student or his or her parents/guardians pay the costs for a virtual course, the student or parents/guardians should meet with the principal or designee prior to enrollment to ensure that the course is consistent with the student's academic and personal goals. The district is not required to provide students access to or pay for courses beyond the equivalent of full-time enrollment. The district will provide supervision for students who take virtual courses in district facilities but will not provide supervision for students taking virtual courses offsite.
Students taking courses virtually are subject to district policies, procedures and rules applicable to students enrolled in traditional courses including, but not limited to, the district's discipline code and prohibitions on academic dishonesty, discrimination, harassment, bullying and cyberbullying.
What is Launch?
The Center School District’s preferred online provider is Launch. Launch is operated and overseen by the Springfield, Mo., School District and currently offers over 120 courses. Courses are designed by Missouri teachers and aligned to the state standards. A formal review process is built into all course development to ensure high quality and rigor.
Students wishing to take advantage of online learning opportunities can do so through Launch. Students enrolled in more than two MOCAP courses must have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) or Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) maintained in the student’s records. These plans are developed in conjunction with the student’s school counselor.
Current course offerings through Launch can be found here.
You may also contact your school’s counselor for additional information.
If you have questions, you may reach out to the Accelerated Learning Department at 816.349.3303.
CSD Virtual Enrollment Process
As of September 12, 2023 the deadline for enrolling in the Launch program has closed. Situations with extenuating circumstances (medical/safety concerns) will still be considered.
Though our preferred instructional method is in-person learning, we understand there may be extenuating circumstances. This option will be offered through Launch, a virtual course access program designed to serve Missouri students. It is operated and overseen by Springfield Public Schools and is an approved Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP). Students enrolled in more than two MOCAP courses must have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) or Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) maintained in the student’s records. These plans are developed in conjunction with the student’s school counselor.
For parents/guardians of students in grades K–12, we are handling requests from parents of students who want to be considered for virtual learning on a case-by-case basis. Please note, a CSD teacher is not providing virtual instruction if the virtual learning option is elected. This option requires electing this learning mode for an entire semester and the commitment follows the Launch schedule. Adhering to clear attendance and academic expectations is mandatory. Failure to meet requirements could result in students being moved to the preferred in-person learning mode. Additionally, reliable internet access from home and regular check ins for all virtual students is required. It is also important to note that an administrative review, involving building personnel, will help determine if virtual education is the most effective instruction for the student. Parents are notified of the district’s decision within ten (10) business days of the receipt of the notice of intent. Our intent includes parent voice as part of the determining factors in this process. Please note: Students with IEPs may not fall within this 10-day timeline. If a parent/guardian does not agree with the formal recommendation, the decision may be appealed.
All families continue to be required to verify residency through the online enrollment process. Final arrangements tied to registration in Launch will not occur until after residency has been verified through our annual process.
If you are interested in enrolling your student in Launch, please send an email to the district’s Launch Coordinator at VirtualLearning@center.k12.mo.us with the following information:
Your name and contact information
The address where the student lives
The student’s name and what school they are currently attending
The reason(s) you would like to enroll in virtual learning
Any information about special learning needs such as an IEP or 504 disability accommodation
BOARD POLICIES CONNECTED TO THE CENTER SCHOOL DISTRICT VIRTUAL COURSES INCLUDE:
Virtual Courses (IGCD)
If you have questions about Virtual Learning, Launch and MOCAP, please contact academic services.