Virtual Education

Students of the Rolla 31 School District have a variety of options for classes taught in an online environment.  Rolla High School offers virtual classes taught by RHS teachers, which are available during the regular school year as well as during the summer school session.  In addition, Rolla Public Schools partners with the Launch program from Springfield Public Schools, which has a large variety of online courses for students of all ages.


The Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) offers courses for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Students can take courses from any Internet-connected computer, available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. MOCAP's mission is to offer Missouri students equal access to a wide range of high quality courses, and interactive online learning that is neither time nor place dependent.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the State Board of Education oversee the administration and quality assurance activities such as related content and delivery of courses.  Missouri certified teachers facilitate MOCAP courses and provide students with equal access to a wide range of coursework.  For more information, click here to visit the MOCAP website.  

The district will pay the cost of a virtual course only if the district has first approved the student's enrollment in the course as described in the below policy.  Even if a student or his or her parents/guardians pay the costs for a virtual course, the student or parents/guardians should meet with the principal or designee prior to enrollment to ensure that the course is consistent with the student's academic and personal goals.  The district is not required to provide students access to or pay for courses beyond the equivalent of full-time enrollment.  Students taking courses virtually are subject to district policies, procedures, and rules applicable to students enrolled in traditional courses including, but not limited to, the district's discipline code and prohibitions on academic dishonesty, discrimination, harassment, bullying, and cyberbullying. 
When determining if enrollment in a virtual course is the best educational decision for a student, the student and parent should consider several factors prior to requesting enrollment.  
Student Skills Necessary for Success in Virtual Courses:
*Student has demonstrated time-management skills that indicate the student is capable of submitting assignments and completing course requirements without reminders.
*Student has demonstrated persistence in overcoming obstacles and willingness to seek assistance when needed. 
*Student has demonstrated verbal or written communication skills that would allow the student to succeed in an environment where the instructor may not provide nonverbal cues to support the student's understanding. 
*Student has the necessary computer or technical skills to succeed in a virtual course. 
*Student has access to technology resources to participate in a virtual course. 
*Consideration of the student’s previous success (or struggle) with virtual coursework.

District Board Policy IGCD:  Virtual Courses

Click here to download the MOCAP Virtual Learning Enrollment Form (2019-20)