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Instructional Services – Curriculum Services

December 18, 2019

PR 6190 Virtual Education

Instructional Services – Curriculum Services

The District will annually permit any eligible student, under the age of twenty-one (21) in grades kindergarten through 12 who resides in the District, to enroll in Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (“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 (1) 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 6190.

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.

A. Enrollment

The enrollment process for participation in the Program will be substantially similar to the enrollment process for participation in District courses. The process may include consultation with a school counselor. However, consultation does not include the counselor’s approval or disapproval of enrollment in the Program.

When a District school denies a student’s enrollment in a Program course or enrollment as a full-time Program student, the District will provide in writing a “good cause” reason for the denial. Such good cause determination will be based upon a determination that the enrollment is not in the student’s best educational interest. Where enrollment is denied, the following process will be utilized:

  1. The District will notify the student and the student’s family in writing of the right to appeal denial of Program enrollment to the Board of Education; and
  2. The family will be given an opportunity to present the reasons for their appeal to the Board at an official Board meeting; and
  3. The District, at such Board meeting, will provide the basis for its determination that Program enrollment was not in the student’s best educational interest; and
  4. The written submissions by the family and the District will be incorporated into Board minutes; and
  5. The Board’s written decision and the reason for that decision will be provided to the family within thirty (30) days of such Board meeting; and
  6. The family may appeal the Board’s determination to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Department shall provide their decision within seven (7) calendar days.

Considerations that may support the District’s determination that enrollment is not in the student’s best educational interest include, but are not limited to, the fact that the student:

  1. Has not successfully completed all prerequisite courses.
  2. Has requested to enroll in a course that does not align with Brunswick School District graduation requirements.
  3. Has requested to enroll in a course that does not contain sufficient rigor according to the District’s standards.
  4. Does not have consistent attendance.
  5. Is already carrying the maximum academic load.
  6. Has not demonstrated success in previous online courses (if applicable).
  7. Has not demonstrated readiness for independent coursework.
  8. Has requested to enroll in a course that has not been demonstrated to align with the Missouri Learning Standards.
  9. Has requested to enroll in a course with a course vendor that has not demonstrated courses will be taught by a Missouri certified teacher.
  10. Has requested to enroll in a course with a course vendor that does not have a pattern of successful student completion of the requested vendor course/program.

Program credits previously earned by a student transferring into the District will be accepted by the District. Students participating in the Program at the time of transfer shall continue to be enrolled in the course(s), and the District will assume future monthly payments for the course(s).

The district will accept credit from MOCAP courses including letter grades, however, letter grades will not be considered in calculation towards class rank (valedictorian/salutatorian).

Students wishing to take additional courses beyond their regular course load will be permitted to enroll in Program courses under an agreement that includes terms regarding the student’s payment of tuition or course fees.



B. Payment for Program Courses

Cost associated with Program courses shall be paid by the District for students satisfying subsection (1) of this Regulation 6190. Payments will be made on a monthly cost basis prorated over the semester enrolled and based on the student’s completion of assignments and assessments. In the event a student discontinues their enrollment, the District will discontinue monthly payments made on the student’s behalf.

Payments will be made directly to the Program contract provider. The District shall not pay, for any one course for a student, more than the market necessary costs but in no case shall pay more than fourteen percent of the state adequacy target, as defined under section 163.011, RSMo, as calculated at the end of the most recent school year for any single, year-long course and no more than seven percent of the state adequacy target as described above for any single semester equivalent course.  Payment for a full-time virtual school student shall not exceed the state adequacy target, unless the student receives additional federal or state aid. Where possible, the District will negotiate lower costs directly with the course or full-time virtual school providers, particularly in cases where several students enroll in a single course or full-time virtual school.

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

C. Program Course Evaluation

The District will consider recommendations made by DESE relative to a student’s continued Program enrollment. Based in part on DESE’s recommendations, the District may terminate or alter a course offering if the District, in its reasonable discretion, determines that the Program course(s) is not meeting the student’s educational needs.

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

The District is not obligated to provide computers, equipment or internet access unless required by 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 students 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 District parents of their child’s right to participate in the Program through a notice in parent handbooks, registration documents and on the homepage of the District’s website.

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