LEAs may elect to use virtual and/or electronic programs or other methods to deliver academic content during the summer school session. Teacher assignment/certification and MOSIS reporting with virtual/electronic courses must be in accordance with the guidelines set forth in Exhibit 34 of DESE’s Core Data/MOSIS Manual. Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) courses are available in an LEA’s summer school session. Please note that under MOCAP statute, there is no provision for open enrollment, so any offerings are restricted to resident students only. The MOCAP enrollment window and summer term dates are determined by the local district or charter school. Department requirements ensure that all MOCAP courses are in alignment with state standards and statute. LEAs are responsible to assure that locally-developed virtual classes are aligned with the Missouri Learning Standards, comply with state requirements for teacher certification, and ensure the following standards from 162.1250 RSMo are satisfied:
- The virtual course or virtual program utilizes appropriate content-specific tools and software.
- Orientation training is available for teachers, instructors, and students as needed.
- Privacy policies are stated and made available to teachers, parents/guardians, and students.
- Academic integrity and Internet etiquette expectations regarding lesson activities, discussions, electronic communications, and plagiarism are stated to teachers, instructors, and students prior to the beginning of the virtual course or virtual program.
- Computer system requirements, including hardware, web browser, and software, are specified to participants.
- The virtual course or virtual program architecture, software, and hardware permit the online teacher or instructor to add content, activities, and assessments to extend learning opportunities.
- The virtual course or virtual program makes resources available by alternative means, including but not limited to, video and podcast.
- Resources and notes are available for teachers and instructors in addition to assessment and assignment answers and explanations.
- Technical support and course management are available to the virtual course or virtual program teacher and school coordinator.
- The virtual course or virtual program includes assignments, projects, and assessments that are aligned with students' different visual, auditory, and hands-on learning styles.
- The virtual course or virtual program demonstrates the ability to effectively use and incorporate subject-specific and developmentally appropriate software in an online learning module.
- The virtual course or virtual program arranges media and content to help transfer knowledge most effectively in the online environment.