The Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP)
Columbia Public Schools makes every attempt to meet the curricular needs of all of its students by offering a wide range of course offerings and opportunities, both face-to-face and online. (See a list of the current CPS face-to-face course offerings in the 2019-2020 CPS High School Registration Guide and a list of the online offerings on the CPS Online web page)
In cases where student need is not being met by these course offerings, the recently passed Senate Bill 603 (referred to as "MOCAP") attempts to address this gap. MOCAP was passed with the intent of:
- Expanding the range of courses and opportunities offered to students
- Offering courses for students when there are no qualified teachers to teach the course
- Allowing students to take a course not offered at the local school district
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 Columbia Public Schools. 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.
If you feel that your or your child might benefit from this program, enrollment takes place the same time enrollment takes place for other CPS courses. Students should enroll in MOCAP courses the same way they enroll for regular CPS courses, i.e. with their counselors. Here is what you need to do:
1) Check that it is not too late to apply: The deadline for adding a MOCAP course(s) to a student's schedule is the same as for adding a face-to-face course(s), which is the sixth day after the start of the semester.
2) Complete this form requesting to take a MOCAP course through CPS: Download MOCAP Student Enrollment Request form here;
3) Schedule a time to meet with your student's counselor and go over the form;
4) If your student has an IEP, the IEP team will need to meet to consider the request. Your student's counselor can help with that;
5) If you are requesting to take a course from Grandview R-2/Missouri Virtual Academy/MOVA/K12 (all the same thing), in addition to the above you will need to have that form signed by David Bones, Online Program Coordinator, Aslin Building, 1818 West Worley, 573-214-3824, firstname.lastname@example.org, AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLETED STEPS 1-4 ABOVE;
Any request to take a MOCAP course that are denied by Columbia Public Schools can be appealed. Information about the appeals process will be sent to parents along with notification of the denial. For more information about the appeals process please contact Dr. Kristi Shinn, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, 573-214-3932, email@example.com.
Link to DESE's MOCAP Information Page: https://mocap.mo.gov/about.html