PARENT TOOL KIT
Enrolling in a virtual education program, especially during a pandemic, should be simple. Unfortunately, we have learned that many families have encountered roadblocks in the enrollment process.
To help parents succeed in enrolling their students in a virtual education we have compiled a toolkit of information, forms, and talking points to help make sure your request for approval from your district has the highest chance of success possible.
UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MOCAP PROGRAMS AND DISTRICT COVID OFFERINGS
Distance learning options being offered by districts during the pandemic are not the same as the certified virtual education programs you have a right to through MOCAP
UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS
Signing up for virtual education is not as simple as just filling out an application. Check out our step-by-step guide for how to get your child enrolled as quickly as possible and how to appeal an enrollment denial from your district.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS TO VIRTUAL EDUCATION
Many school districts are still trying to figure out how to provide virtual education to their students as required by state law. As a result school staff may be confused about what your rights to virtual education are and exactly what the law says school districts are required to do. We have broken out the key sections of the law that pertain to parents' and students' rights to make it easier for you to talk to your school.
HOW TO CHOOSE A PROVIDER
There is a lot to think about when deciding which virtual education provider is right for your child's educational needs. We break down some of the key aspects that you should consider.
WAYS DISTRICTS WILL TRY TO BLOCK YOUR ENROLLMENT IN VIRTUAL EDUCATION (AND HOW TO WORK AROUND THEM)
Unfortunately, many districts throughout Missouri have tried to block parents and students from enrolling in virtual education programs. Thankfully, many of these attempts are blatantly against the law and easily avoided. We go through some of the most common ways districts try to stop students from accessing virtual education and provide some key ways to avoid these roadblocks.
KNOW WHAT PRIVILEGES YOUR CHILD HAS WHILE ENROLLED IN A VIRTUAL PROGRAM
Just because your child is learning virtually does not mean they don't still have the right to participate in their brick-and-mortar school community. Check out all the aspects of school that your child still has a right to participate in.