Virtual Learning

The Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MOVIP) transitioned to the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) as a result of updates to Section 161.670, RSMo.  Information about state funding for students enrolled in virtual education can be found in Section 162.1250, RSMo Section 162.1250, RSMo sets out the requirements for all virtual courses.  Not all virtual courses are approved MOCAP courses.  Courses listed on the MOCAP Course Catalog have been checked for compliance by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  

Registration Deadline

The enrollment deadline for MOCAP courses for first semester of the 2020-2021 school year will be August 24, 2020.  The deadline for course requests for second semester will be December 4, 2020.   

Application Procedure

Please visit the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education MOCAP site for additional information:  https://mocap.mo.gov/

Students must receive approval through the District prior to enrolling in MOCAP courses.  Please contact our High School Principal at Dixon High School to begin the enrollment process for MOCAP courses.  573-759-7163 - EXT 2

Eligibility Requirements

1.  Student must be enrolled as a full-time student in the Dixon R-I School District.

2.  Student must have been enrolled in school as a full-time student in a public school during the semester immediately prior to enrolling, unless the student had a documented medical or psychological diagnosis that prevents the student from attending school in the community during the previous semester.

3.  Students enrolling in more than two MOCAP courses will develop an Individual Learning Plan in conjunction with the student's school.  

4.  The District does not supply computers and/or mobile devices for students to access virtual courses from home.  

Grading and Withdrawal Guidelines

1.  Students may enroll and withdraw from courses in accordance with district policy.  High School students who withdraw from a MOCAP or other virtual course after the 10th day of the semester will receive an F for the course, just as they would in a traditional seated course.  

2.  Students who receive a grade of D or F in a virtual course will transition to traditional seated courses the following semester.  

Appeal Procedure

If the principal or designee determines that it is not in a student's best educational interest to take a virtual course, the student and the parents/guardians will be notified in writing, provided an explanation for the decision and informed that the student or parents/guardians may appeal the decision to the Board. However, if the student is receiving special education services, the student's IEP team will make the final decision regarding student enrollment in a virtual course in accordance with federal law, and the decision must be appealed through the special education process rather than through the Board.

If the student or parent/guardian appeals to the Board, the principal or designee will provide the Board written reasons for denying the student's enrollment, and the student or parent/guardian will provide written reasons the student should be allowed to take the course. Both documents will be retained by the Board and will be incorporated into the minutes. In addition, the student, parents/guardians and the principal or designee will be allowed to present their arguments at a Board meeting.

The appeal to the Board shall be held in closed session. The Board will consider the information presented and release a written decision within 30 calendar days of the meeting. The student or parents/guardians may appeal the decision to DESE. The appeal to DESE must be filed within seven days of the Board's final decision.