• DEVICE SUPPORT FORM: Please fill out the Student & Staff Device Support Form if you have a device issued by JC Schools and someone in the technology department will get back to you soon.

    NEED HELP TROUBLESHOOTING LAUNCH? Check out our Launch troubleshooting page with solutions to common issues.

    VIRTUAL EDUCATION OPTIONS --- 

    • Families who do not feel comfortable sending their students to receive in-seat instruction may apply to participate in virtual education via Launch, an online education platform that was used by JC Schools for summer school this year.
    • Launch has a rigorous K-12 curriculum that is aligned with the Missouri Learning Standards, is currently used by over 270 districts across the State of Missouri, and is staffed by certified educators who live and work in partner districts. 
    • Students approved for virtual education must remain in the Launch program for the duration of the semester for which they were approved.
    • Students approved for virtual education will be issued a technology device by Launch.
    • Students approved for virtual education can participate in extracurricular activities as long as they meet MSHSAA requirements.
    • Middle and high school students approved for virtual education may choose a hybrid of online and in-seat courses if so desired. 
    • Upon approval for virtual education, additional scheduling logistics will be arranged directly with the student’s school staff.
    • Students approved for virtual education for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year can return to in-seat enrollment for the second semester if so desired, or may remain virtual for the duration of the school year. 
    • If a student is not successful with Launch, they may not be approved for future semesters.

    QUESTIONS?

    • Elementary: Sheila Weber via email (sheila.weber@jcschools.us) or phone (573-659-3015)
    • Middle School: Gabrielle Foster via email (gabrielle.foster@jcschools.us) or phone (573-659-3743)
    • High School: CCHS - Tim Ritter (tim.ritter@jcschools.us), JCHS - Carrie Welch (carrie.welch@jcschools.us) 

    MORE ABOUT JC SCHOOLS VIRTUAL OPTION

    In 2018, the Missouri Legislature developed new requirements for local school districts to access virtual education courses.  Any student in kindergarten through 12th grade enrolled in the Jefferson City School District who was also enrolled as a full-time student the previous semester can opt to take a course virtually through the District-preferred provider, Launch, or through the Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP) organized through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

    Requirements:

    1. The student resides in and is enrolled in the district on a full-time basis; 
    2. The student has attended a public school or charter school for at least one semester immediately prior to enrolling in a MOCAP course; and
    3. The enrollment is approved by the principal or designee.

    Preferred Vendor and Course Information

    Launch courses are built in a Learning Management System called Canvas. All courses have dynamic content that includes both individual and collaborative work. Students participate in discussion boards, create culminating projects, record themselves explaining concepts, take assessments and more, all from their Launch-issued device.

    Each Launch course has a teacher assigned to support students; however, students won’t always see teachers face-to-face in real-time. Video announcements and messaging will connect teachers and students.

    Parents are given an observer account to view course progress and communicate with the instructor. 

    • For more information, visit the Launch Website or see below.
    • To review a list of Launch’s course offerings, visit the Launch Course Catalog. NOTE:  Virtual options are not available for Career Technical Education (CTE) courses. In-seat instruction is required.

    NOTE: JC Schools partners with Launch to provide virtual instruction. All other vendors communicate directly with participants.

    Getting Started:

    After completing the Virtual Course Enrollment Form, a staff member will be in touch to schedule an appointment to discuss best educational interest, course offerings, prerequisites, course recommendations, and the tools needed to be successful in a virtual environment. 

    IMPORTANT:  You must be registered with JC Schools to participate in Launch. If you were a JC Schools student in the 2020 school year, you must contact your school to complete the registration information. If you did not attend JC Schools in the 2020 school year, you must complete your registration online at www.jcschools.us > New to District. Please note, all virtual students are considered JC Schools students and all applicable policies and procedures will apply. 

    For grades 8 and above, school staff will work with the family to develop an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP). If the student already has an ICAP, the plan will be reviewed and modified as necessary.

    If the student has an active IEP, the IEP team must be a part of the best educational interest discussions. Additionally, the IEP team must determine what special education services will be needed to support and/or supplement the virtual instruction.

    The Jefferson City School District will pay for the cost of virtual courses only if the district has first approved the student’s enrollment in the course as outlined by policy (Board Policy IGCD).

    Athletics and Activities Information

    If the student wishes to participate in athletics and/or activities, certain courses must be approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA).  Not all courses and/or vendors are approved by the NCAA. The Launch Course Catalog shows which high school courses are NCAA approved.

    Enrollment Period:

    Please enroll as soon as possible to help us secure student materials and plan for a successful student experience. In subsequent enrollment periods, requests will be considered within the first two weeks of each semester. NOTE: The fall 2020 enrollment period takes place before many JC Schools staff are back on contract. Because of this, parents may not hear from their school staff until sometime the week of August 10.

    Appeal:

    If it is determined that it is not in the student’s best education 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 of Education. 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.

    Additional Information and Considerations:

    How does Launch virtual instruction work?

    Students who applied and were approved for virtual education by August 3, 2020, and who also attended a public school in spring of 2020 will be issued a technology device either by JC Schools or by Launch. Students must have reliable internet access to participate virtually.

    Launch courses are built in a Learning Management System called Canvas. All courses have dynamic content that include both individual and collaborative work. Students participate in discussion boards, create culminating projects, record themselves explaining concepts, take assessments and more, all from their device.

    Each Launch course has a teacher assigned to support students; however, students won’t always see teachers face-to-face in real-time. Video announcements and messaging will connect teachers and students.

    Grades will be transcripted from the virtual course provider to JC Schools and will factor into the student’s GPA. Grades earned will be on the official transcript.

    How can I learn more about Launch?

    Launch is offering opportunities for families to participate in a virtual Open House. The Open House sessions are designed to help students and families prepare for the upcoming fall 2020 Launch courses. To participate in the Open House, register HERE.

    My Student is Enrolled in Launch. What next?

    Below are links to several relevant resources and answers to common questions:

    When can I expect to hear from Launch? 

    Enrolling in Launch is a multi-step process. First, school staff must evaluate the student’s schedule and have a conversation with the family. Next, the application must be approved by the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary/Secondary. Once approved by the Assistant Superintendent, the school will schedule the student into the appropriate classes in Infinite Campus and then district staff sends the file to Launch. 

    The first enrollment file was sent to Launch on August 14, 2020. Files will be sent daily beginning on August 17, 2020. 

    Families who did not apply for virtual education by the August 3rd deadline may not be eligible to begin on the first day of school, August 24, 2020. However, Launch will not penalize students who begin late, as long as it is within the first 14 calendar days. 

    On Friday, August 14, JC Schools made the decision to exceed the requirement outlined by State statute and allow students who did not attend a public school in the spring of 2020 to participate in virtual education through JC Schools. As a result, these students have a very tight timeline to request virtual, register with JC Schools and provide required enrollment documents. These students may not be eligible to begin on the first day of school. However, Launch will not penalize students who begin late, as long as it is within the first 14 calendar days. 

    Launch will begin sending student and parent account information around August 20, 2020.

    What does a daily schedule look like for my student?

    For elementary students, virtual instruction will look much like a regular school day. The following is a daily schedule used for elementary students:

    Launch Virtual Schedule

    For secondary students, virtual instruction will require more independent work. Students will engage with teachers daily but lessons will be completed independently. Students should plan to participate in EACH course for approximately six hours each week.

    What information is available to help prepare my student for virtual instruction?

    Launch provides a guide for students and families specific to the grade span (i.e. elementary or secondary) of the student. The launch guides are located at https://fueledbylaunch.com/students/.

    Additionally, the most successful Launch students watch for announcement videos, check their Canvas Inbox for messages, read their teacher’s feedback, stay on top of due dates and reach out when they need help.

    Students need to be able to manage their time and form good study habits. It is important for students to establish a routine which includes daily checking their Canvas Inbox and calendar for due dates, regularly checking for new announcements and feedback from teachers, studying and working on coursework.

    Students need basic technology skills and a willingness to learn new ones. Launch utilizes an online platform called Canvas. Students will get a weekly announcement, feedback, messages and grades via Canvas. Additionally, students can access To-Do lists, a calendar, instructor information, the syllabus for the course and use modules pages to navigate between units and assignments. Google for Education products are also utilized. Some courses require additional resources. For example, for physical education, a fitness tracker is provided. The student will need to be able to sync the fitness tracker with an online account. Technical support is provided by Launch but students must demonstrate a willingness to learn new technology and technical skills.

    What supplies are needed to participate in Launch?

    Students need reliable internet access and a device to participate in Launch. 

    Additionally, students need basic supplies, such as paper, pencil, etc. Some courses will ask students to use household items such as aluminum foil. See Launch School Supply Lists HERE.

    Chromebooks (when applicable), heart rate monitors for physical education and supplies for AP Physics will be distributed through JC Schools. All other materials (see Student Kit column on school supply list) will be mailed directly to the student’s home. NOTE: Students who registered after August 3, may have a delay in receiving materials. Also, due to nationwide shortages of some materials, distribution of some items will occur after the first day of school. When materials are not available, Launch teachers will make adjustments to their lesson plans and students will not be penalized.

    Distribution details will be communicated via email when supplies are available.

    Will students participating in Launch follow the JC Schools calendar or the Springfield Public Schools (SPS) calendar?  

    Students participating in Launch will follow the SPS calendar, viewable by clicking HERE

    What if my student is struggling with online work?

    Students are encouraged to reach out to their Launch teacher with any questions or concerns. If a student is struggling with the technological aspects of Launch, there is a technical support team available seven days a week. Launch technical support staff members are available to answer email from 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM on weekdays and from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM on weekends. Students can typically expect a response within half an hour.

    If you are having difficulties with a device issued by JC Schools, please enter any technology problems HERE.

    Parents are given an observer account to view course progress and communicate with the instructor. 

    If working with the teacher and other Launch staff still proves to be unsuccessful, students may drop a class as many as 20 days from the start date of the course. However, JC Schools policy is if the student drops within the first 14 CALENDAR days, they will not receive a grade from Launch and can transfer back to the district with no penalty.

    If a student is not successful with virtual education, they may not be approved for future semesters.