MOCAP Policy

Brookfield R-III School District


MOCAP: Virtual Education          


Instructional Services/Curriculum Services


The District will annually permit any eligible student, under the age of twenty one (21) who resides in the Brookfield R-III School District, to enroll in Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program courses as part of the student’s annual course load.  Course costs will be paid by the District provided that the student;


  1. Is enrolled full-time and has attended a public school, including a charter school, for at least one semester immediately prior to enrolling in the program.  However, if the reason for a student’s non-attendance in the prior semester is a documented medical or psychological diagnosis or condition which prevented attendance, such non-attendance will be excused; and

  2. Prior to enrolling in the program course has received District approval through the procedure set out in this regulation.


Each program course successfully completed will count as one class and will receive that portion of a full-time equivalent that a comparable course offered by the District generates.


  1. Enrollment


The enrollment process for participation in this program will be similar to the enrollment

process for participation in District courses.  The process may include consultation with a school counselor. However, approval or disapproval of enrollment in a virtual course is to be made by the building administrator.
If the District denies a student’s enrollment in a program course or enrollment as a full-time program student, the District will provide in writing the reason for denial.  Such good cause determination will be based upon a reasonable belief that enrollment is not in the student’s best educational interest. Possible reasons for denial are as follows:


  1. Student is not currently enrolled at Brookfield R-III.

  2. Student has not been a full-time student in a public school for at least one full semester prior to the request.

  3. The requested course is already available to the student.

  4. Prerequisite courses have not been completed.

  5. Course requested does not align with Brookfield R-III graduation requirements.

  6. Student is already currently carrying a maximum academic load.

  7. The student has not demonstrated success in prerequisite courses, or previous online courses.

  8. Administration team does not believe it is in the best educational interest of the student.

Where enrollment is denied, the following process will be utilized;


  1. The District will notify the student and legal parent/guardian in writing of the reason for denial, and the appeal process; and

  2. The family will be given an opportunity to file an appeal through the superintendent to the Board of Education; and

  3. The family will be given an opportunity to present their appeal at a formal Board meeting; and

  4. The District at such Board meeting will provide the basis for its determination that program enrollment was not in the the student’s best educational interest; and

  5. The written submissions by the family and the District will be incorporated into the Board minutes; and

  6. The Board’s written decision and the explanation for that decision will be provided to the family within thirty (30) days of the Board meeting; and

  7. The family may appeal the Board’s determination to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  DESE shall provide their decision within seven (7) calendar days.

Program credits previously earned by a student transferring into the District will be accepted by the District.  Students who are participating in a Program course at the time of transfer shall continue in the course with the District assessing future monthly payments.


   B. Payment for Program Courses


Costs associated with MOCAP courses shall be paid by the district for students satisfying the requirements listed previously in this document.  Payments will be made on a monthly cost basis prorated over the semester enrolled. Payments will be made directly to the MOCAP program provider.  Such payments per semester will not exceed the market cost, but in no case more than 7% of the state adequacy target pers semester. In the even a program participant discontinues their enrollment, the District will discontinue monthly payments  made on the student’s behalf.


In the case of a student who is a candidate for A+ reimbursement and who is enrolled in a MOCAP course, the District will attribute no less than ninety five (95) percent attendance to any such student who has successfully completed such course.


 



    C.   Program Course Evaluation


The District will consider recommendations made by DESE relative to a student’s continued program enrollment.  The District may terminate, or alter a course offering if it is determined that the course is not meeting the student’s education needs.


Independently, the District will monitor student progress and success in the program course.  The District will annually provide DESE with feedback regarding program course quality.


The District is not obligated to provide computers, equipment or internet access except for eligible students with a disability in compliance with federal and state law.


The District will include students’ enrollment in the program in determining the District’s average daily attendance (ADA).  For student enrolled in the program on a part-time basis, ADA will be calculated as a percentage of the total number of program courses in which the student is enrolled by the number of courses required for full-time students.


    D.   Notice


The District will inform students and parents/guardians of their child’s right to participate in the MOCAP program.  Opportunity to participate in the program will be provided in parent handbooks, registration documents and on the homepage of the District website.

 

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