MOCAP Virtual Education

MOCAP INFORMATION –VIRTUAL EDUCATION

For a detailed question-and-answer of MOCAP and Virtual Education, visit MOCAP INTRO MEMO.

BSSD VIRTUAL ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

When considering virtual courses, the first step is to schedule an appointment with the school counselor, principal and teachers to decide if Virtual Education is the most effective instruction for your child. Step two involves a review of the student’s Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP).

The preferred vendor for BSSD is Edmentum. The curriculum is aligned to Missouri Learning Standards and Blue Springs School District. It provides rigorous courses and curriculum, which meets state and BSSD standards, allowing parents and the district to view daily progress. These standards give the district the capacity to intervene if a student is struggling with courses.

COURSE AND VENDER INFORMATION

When considering course offerings, please make your choice on academics with PROVEN DATA AND NOT ON PROMISES FROM A VENDOR.

MOCAP BOARD POLICY

Virtual Instruction (January, 2019)

The district may offer virtual instruction courses to full-time enrolled students through district staff or by contracting through a third party approved by the board of education, including virtual courses offered through the Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP). To be considered eligible to enroll in virtual instruction, a student must be enrolled full-time and have previously attended at least one semester in a public or charter school, unless prevented from attending a prior semester due to documented medical or psychological diagnosis or condition. A district counselor must approve in advance the course as academically acceptable based on district course and graduation requirements and appropriate for the student. A parent or student may appeal a counselor’s decision on a virtual instruction course to the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction or as otherwise provided herein. If the district disapproves a student’s request to enroll in a course or courses provided by MOCAP, the reason shall be provided in writing and it shall be for good cause. Good cause justification to disapprove a student’s request for enrollment in a MOCAP course shall be a determination that doing so is not in the best educational interest of the student. The district shall inform the student and the student’s parent/legal guardian of their right to appeal to the board of education, where they shall be given an opportunity to present their reasons for their student to enroll in the MOCAP course in an official school board meeting. In addition, the district shall provide its good cause justification for denial at the board meeting. Both the student or parent/legal guardian and district shall also provide their reasons in writing to the board and the documents shall be entered into the official board minutes. The board shall issue their decision in writing within thirty (30) calendar days, and then an appeal may be made to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which shall provide a final enrollment decision within seven (7) calendar days. To receive credit for a virtual instruction class, a student must remain enrolled in the district throughout the 5-24 5.4 (continued) course until credit is earned. All grades and credits earned through district-sponsored virtual instruction will be accepted as if earned within the district.

ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES INFORMATION

If the student wishes to play in athletics and activities, certain courses must be approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and MSHSAA. Not all vendors are approved by NCAA.

Review the NCAA Guidance for Nontraditional Courses

MSHSAA Handbook currently states:

Seat-time + non-transcripted credits: A student needs to meet the requirements outlined in By-Law 2.3.2.

This By-Law states, “The student is an enrolled student of the public high school of residence … and is taking a minimum of two credit-bearing, seat-time classes for a minimum of 1.0 units of credit at the high school.”

 For more information on participation requirements regarding MSHSAA and to ensure scholarships and playing time are not in jeopardy, contact the student school’s athletic director or principal.

THE APPEAL PROCESS

To appeal the denial of a MOCAP class:

Both the family and school administration shall provide specific reasons in writing to the local board and the documents will be entered into the official board minutes.

After reviewing all of the above information and links, please complete BSSD MOCAP ENROLLMENT and return it to:

Bartow Administrative Center
ATTN: Nancy Stevens
1801 NW Vesper
Blue Springs, MO 64015

Per BSSD Board Policy, two administrators are allowed to sign the documents/contracts:

  • Dr. Bob Jerome
  • Mr. Kirk Sampson