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 Center Senior High School Student Success Coordinator, Dr. Kerry Dixon at 816-349-3397 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you may also contact the Academic Services Department at 816.349.3303.
CSD Virtual Enrollment Process
CSD Virtual Enrollment Request:
For parents/guardians of CSD students, we will handle requests from parents of students who want to be considered for virtual learning during the 2021-22 academic year on a case-by-case basis. Though our preferred instructional method is in person learning, we understand there may be extenuating circumstances. We prefer to engage our parents on this topic on an individual basis so that we can truly engage in a conversation with each parent about past learner engagement, academic needs and attendance trends.
An administrative review, involving building personnel, will help determine if virtual education is the most effective instruction for the student. Parents will be notified within ten business days of the receipt of the notice of intent of the district’s decision. Our intent includes parent voice as part of the determining factors in this process. (*Students with IEP’s may not fall within this 10 day timeline.)
The Center School District Full Virtual Learning Mode Option through LAUNCH requires:
• Participation in a virtual program option requires reliable internet access.
• Participation requires a signed agreement by both parents and students.
• Participation requires a weekly check-in for all virtual students.
• Failure to meet requirements may result in students being moved to the preferred in-person learning mode.
For all K-12 parents/guardians of students with disabilities who are served through an IEP or 504 Plan, please know that, prior to registration in virtual courses, your child’s team must consider how registering in virtual courses will impact provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE). You are an essential member of this team and, together, we will need to:1) Determine IF virtual education is in the student’s best educational interest, and 2) If virtual education is determined to be in his/her best educational interest, review/revise the IEP or 504 Plan to describe how FAPE will be provided in conjunction with virtual courses
If a parents/guardian does not agree with the formal recommendation, the parent/guardian may appeal the decision.
At this time, we have extended past the July 27, 2021 deadline to request virtual learning through LAUNCH. The deadline was established to allow time to successfully enroll students in LAUNCH for the Fall semester.
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.
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.