The Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP)
Because virtual instruction can be an effective education option for some students, the Belton School District offers virtual courses to students through district staff or by contracting a third party approved by the state board of education for those courses offered through a MOCAP provider. The Belton School District’s preferred vendor is Launch. The curriculum is aligned to Missouri Learning Standards and Belton School District. It provides a rigorous course and curriculum which meets the state and Belton School District 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 a course.
In brief, MO Senate Bill 603 states that: Students who have been enrolled full time in a public or charter school for at least one semester immediately prior, may enroll part-time or full-time in the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP). Enrollment must be approved by the Belton School District. A student with a documented medical or psychological condition that prevented the student from attending school during the previous semester shall be exempt from the requirement that a student is enrolled full-time in and attended a public school for at least one semester in order to enroll in Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program courses.
Applying for MOCAP
If you feel that your or your child might benefit from this program, here is what you need to do:
- Confirm you are making this request during the enrollment window.
- Familiarize yourself with board policy IGCD as well as the rubric of what makes a successful online learner. Both are linked below.
- Complete this form requesting to take district-provided virtual learning or MOCAP courses BSD Virtual Learning MOCAP parent/student request
- Turn the completed form to your child's school counselor or principal.
- Your child’s school will set up a time to meet to discuss this request.
- If your child has an IEP, the IEP team will need to meet to consider the request.
- If your child is a multilanguage learner, the ESL department will have to approve the request.
- If your child wishes to participate 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.
- 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 is not in jeopardy, contact the BHS athletic director or principal.
Any request to take a district-provided virtual or MOCAP course will have a determination letter sent within 10 days of the request. Any requests to take a district-provided virtual or MOCAP course that is denied can be appealed. For MOCAP appeals, both the family and school administration shall provide specific reasons in writing to the local school board and the documents will be entered into the official board minutes and then onto the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) if necessary. For district-provided virtual learning appeals, students and or parents may appeal the decision to the superintendent or designee.
For more information about the appeals process please contact Dr. Kimberly Mauck, Director of School Improvement, 816-489-7017.