Because virtual instruction can be an effective education option for some students, the network may offer virtual courses to students through network staff or by contracting for those services as part of the network-sponsored curriculum. In addition, eligible students may enroll in virtual courses offered through the Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP). The network will accept all grades and credits earned through network-sponsored virtual instruction and MOCAP.
The network will pay the costs of a virtual course only if the network has first approved the student's enrollment in the course as described in this policy. Even if a student or his or her parents/guardians pay the costs for a virtual course, the student or parents/guardians should meet with the principal or designee prior to enrollment to ensure that the course is consistent with the student's academic and personal goals.
The network is not required to provide students access to or pay for courses beyond the equivalent of full-time enrollment. The network will provide supervision for students who take virtual courses in network facilities but will not provide supervision for students taking virtual courses offsite.
Students taking courses virtually are subject to network policies, procedures and rules applicable to students enrolled in traditional courses including, but not limited to, the network's discipline code and prohibitions on academic dishonesty, discrimination, harassment, bullying and cyberbullying.
Confluence provides access to the Acellus catalog of courses as part of Confluence Academies’ virtual learning program. Created by the International Academy of Science, Acellus is a research based, scientific program. Course offerings may be viewed here: https://www.science.edu/acellus/courses/
As part of eligibility for enrollment in virtual courses, school officials and parents/guardians will consider the following factors:
- Student has demonstrated time-management skills that indicate the student is capable of submitting assignment and completing course requirements without reminders.
- Student has demonstrated persistence in overcoming obstacles and willingness to seek assistance when needed.
- Student has demonstrated verbal or written communication skills that would allow the student to succeed in an environment where the instructor may not provide nonverbal cues to support the student’s understanding.
- Student has the necessary computer or technical skills to succeed in a virtual course.
- Student has access to technology resources to participate in a virtual course.
- Consideration of the student’s previous success (or struggle) in virtual coursework.
Students wishing to enroll in a MOCAP/Virtual Learning course should begin the enrollment process by talking with their counselor. Following that conversation, please fill out this form: MOCAP Request Form