Virtual instruction can be an effective education option for some students. Houston R-I School District provides students an opportunity to participate in online learning provided through the district's sponsorship. Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Programs known as (MOCAP).
MOCAP (https://mocap.mo.gov/) is online virtual programs which are overseen by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the State Board of Education.
Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) was established in 2007 as the state’s online school. MOCAP offers courses for grades K-12. Students can take courses from any Internet-connected computer, available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. MOCAP's mission is to offer Missouri students equal access to a wide range of high quality courses, and interactive online learning that is neither time nor place dependent.
Due to the nature of this learning method, there are certain expectations for students enrolling in these courses. The student's parent/guardian must notify the student's principal or designee before the student may enroll in a district-sponsored virtual course or a Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP) virtual course through the district.
The principal or designee will educate the student and the student's parents/guardians about how virtual instruction is provided and the key differences between virtual and in-person instruction.
The principal or designee will discuss the virtual course options available to the student, determine which course or courses interest for the student and how the course or courses will assist the student in meeting his or her academic and personal goals.
The principal or designee will also inform the student and the student's parents/guardians of whether the course is available in a traditional setting, whether the student must complete any prerequisites prior to taking a particular course and whether the prerequisite courses are offered by the district virtually or traditionally.
The principal or designee, in consultation with the student's parents/guardians and other relevant staff, such as the school counselor or the district's special education director, will determine whether there is good cause to refuse the student enrollment in the course.
Student progress will be monitored by Houston Schools. If a student is not making adequate progress, then referrals will be made to the Juvenile Office, Children's Division, and the Texas County Prosecutor for educational neglect or the student may be expected to return to seated classes at Houston Schools.
Please review our School Board Policies regarding MOCAP registration:
Why do we need MOCAP?
MOCAP allows Missouri to:
Expand the range of courses and opportunities offered to students
Allow students to take a course not offered at the local school district
Provide courses for students who have schedules that prevent them from taking a course when it is offered. MOCAP offers “any time, any place” learning for Missouri students.
Present high quality instruction to students who are in alternative education settings
How are MOCAP classes structured?
MOCAP students are guided through courses by Missouri-certified teachers. Courses are delivered over the Internet. To assure student success with online learning, a variety of technology resources (streaming audio and video, computer animations, email, live chats, etc.) are provided. Teachers communicate with students and parents on a regular basis via email, phone, online messaging, etc.
Who administers the MOCAP online program?
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) oversees the administration of the MOCAP program. Local school disticts and charter schools are responsible for enrollment, monitoring progress of students, billing, and state assessments.
Students and families interested in the MOCAP program should work with their schools to determine the best courses for the individual student: Course Catalog (mo.gov)
District or charter school counselors and administration can help ensure course selections meet local graduation requirements, and that the student has the prerequisite skills needed for the course.
Please visit the Missouri Graduation Requirements to view the minimum state requirements for graduation.
Students taking more than two MOCAP courses must have an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP). For high school students this will be the Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP).
The MOCAP catalog contains a comprehensive list of all courses offered by MOCAP providers. There are course options for students in grades K-12.
Parents or students interested in online courses should work with the school counselor to create the best plan of action for the individual student. For more information please visit https://mocap.mo.gov/faqs/