What are the advantages of MOCAP for school districts?

Will school districts need to revise some of their own policies and procedures to accommodate MOCAP?

Can homebound students take advantage of MOCAP?

How do local school districts report MOCAP students in Core Data?

What are the advantages of MOCAP for school districts?

Interest in online education is exploding, which reflects the need for flexibility that our fast-paced lives often demand. Online education offers learning choices that are effective, flexible and accessible. Students can take online courses from the convenience of their own homes. These courses can expand offerings, resolve scheduling conflicts and meet other needs. MOCAP simplifies the process of adding virtual courses to a district’s curriculum. It takes care of the details by providing the content, platform, online teachers, technical support, training, server and more.

Will school districts need to revise some of their own policies and procedures to accommodate MOCAP?

Districts should develop local policies to adhere to statute changes after August 28, 2018. 

Can homebound students take advantage of MOCAP?

Yes, homebound students, including those who are expelled or serving an Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) and those homebound for medical reasons can take MOCAP courses. A school district can use this option in place of sending a teacher to the student’s home for five hours per week.

How do local school districts report MOCAP students in Core Data?

Please see the Core Data & Missouri Student Information System (MOSIS) Reference Manual, Exhibit 34, for more details.

Who can enroll in MOCAP?

To be eligible for MOCAP students must be a resident of Missouri, enrolled full time in grades k-12, under the age of 21 and have attended a public school or charter school for at least one semester prior to requesting enrollment. Students will follow the district policy to request enrollment in MOCAP courses. If enrollment is approved, the LEA will enroll the student in MOCAP courses. If the LEA denies enrollment in MOCAP courses, the LEA must make a determination that it is not on the student’s best educational interest.

Can a school district or charter school offer virtual courses that are not part of MOCAP?

Local school districts and charter schools may offer virtual learning options through arrangements outside of MOCAP. Any virtual coursework claimed for state aid must meet the requirements of § 162.1250, RSMo. Even if the district offers courses outside of MOCAP (locally developed or through contracts with vendors), enrollment in any coursework or full-time virtual school within MOCAP must also be made available to eligible students. Enrollment requests from students and parents may include MOCAP courses of his or her choice, including that of a specified provider.

Can a school district or charter require a student to use a local option or a specific MOCAP provider?

Enrollment decisions for MOCAP eligible students must be based on the individual student’s best educational interests. A district sponsored program or contract with a vendor would not be a reason to deny a MOCAP request. Enrollment requests from students and parents may include MOCAP courses of his or her choice, including that of a specified provider.