• **To apply for virtual enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year, please complete the
    JC Schools 21-22 Virtual Enrollment Application Form HERE.**

    **Please enroll as soon as possible to help us secure student materials, ensure course availability and plan for a successful student experience. All requests must be received within the first two weeks of each semester.**

    VIRTUAL EDUCATION OPTIONS 

    • Families may apply to participate in virtual education via Launch, an online education platform that was used by JC Schools for virtual instruction last year.
    • Launch has a rigorous K-12 curriculum that is aligned with the Missouri Learning Standards, is currently used by a large number of districts across the State of Missouri, and is staffed by certified educators who live and work in partner districts. 
    • Launch has made several improvements over the last several months, including the addition of some “live” instruction for middle school students.
    • Students approved for virtual education will be issued a technology device. More information will be shared once students are approved for virtual
    • Students approved for virtual education can participate in extracurricular activities as long as they meet MSHSAA requirements.
    • 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 2021-2022 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.
    • Students who were not successful in virtual education last year, may not be eligible for virtual instruction for the 21-22 school year.

    QUESTIONS?

    • Elementary & 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:

    All assurances must be agreed to before a student will be approved to participate in virtual instruction. Upon submission and approval of theJC Schools virtual enrollment application:

    • students in grades K - 8 will be enrolled in Launch and parents will receive an email from Launch closer to the start of the semester with Observer login credentials.  
    • students in grades 9-12, students will be contacted by their school counselor to finalize their course schedule.  Once the schedule is finalized and sent to Launch, parents will receive an email from Launch with Observer login credentials. 

    IMPORTANT:  You must be registered/enrolled with JC Schools to participate in Launch. If you were a JC Schools student in the 2020-21 school year, you must contact your school to complete the registration information. If you did not attend JC Schools in the 2020-21 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 will meet to discuss 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 board policy.

    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, ensure course availability and plan for a successful student experience. All requests must be received within the first two weeks of each semester. 

    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 will be issued a technology device. More information will be shared once the student is approved for virtual instruction. 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.

    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 in some cases, 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. 

    Launch will begin sending student and parent account information around about a week prior to the start of the semester.

    What does a daily schedule look like for my student?

    For elementary students, virtual instruction will look much like a regular school day. 

    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. 

    Information about supplies (e.g. Chromebooks, heart rate monitors for physical education, art kits, etc.) will be communicated via email closer to the start of the school year.

    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 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.

    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 10 CALENDAR days, they will not receive a grade from Launch and can transfer back to the district with no penalty. For students with disabilities, the IEP team can meet after the 10 day deadline to discuss options.

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