A partner district may have as many liaisons as it chooses. Liaisons are responsible for enrolling students, monitoring progress and ensuring communication between Launch students and parents. A Launch Liaison Checklist has been created to help guide liaison work.
Within 24 hours a Launch liaison will receive an email from Amelia Horras, Coordinator of Digital Learning. This confirmation will include course access information and parent observer information. A student can access his or her class through Canvas within 24 hours of enrollment.
Launch district liaisons have access to Dropout Detective within Canvas. Dropout Detective allows liaisons to view student progress, assignment uploads, communication between students, parents and Launch teachers as well as the last time a student logged into his or her Launch course. For Dropout Detective access, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traditional Virtual Launch courses operate on the Springfield Public Schools calendar. Students may take courses on a 16 week schedule (8 block) or a 9 week schedule (4 block). Students have 20 school days on a 16 week schedule to drop a course or 10 days on a 9 week schedule to drop a course.
Courses should be coded on the student’s transcript the same way seated courses are coded using the same name as partner district use. It is recommended that districts avoid using notation to indicate online courses on transcripts. Launch partner districts will receive student grades within five school days of course completion for transcript purposes.
It is recommended that partner districts set up an “online placeholder” in a student’s schedule for attendance purposes. Partner school districts should structure attendance reporting virtual block of time to accommodate the partner school district master schedule. The course delivery system should be noted as “V.” If you have questions regarding setting up an online course for appropriate Average Daily Attendance reimbursement, please contact Amy St. John (email@example.com).
In order for a student to take a Credit Recovery course, they must have first failed the course. Credit Acquisition allows a student to enter a course at any time and earn a credit. Credit Acquisition courses can be pass or fail or a district may allow the student to earn a GPA eligible grade letter. While students may enter a Credit Acquisition class at any time, it is recommended that they do so prior to the last two weeks of the semester.
At the time of enrollment, the partner district liaison must note if the student has a 504 or an IEP. Within 14 school days, a copy of the IEP or 504 should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Launch teachers are responsible for accommodating all IEP and 504s.
Students enrolled in Launch courses take proctored online final exams through Canvas. Students taking courses that are tested by the state through End-of-Course exams should be tested by the partner district.
Students who are enrolled in Physical Fitness will have a heart rate monitor mailed to the partner district liaison. This heart rate monitor should get to the students as soon as possible. Students in Physical Fitness should have a pre-fitness and a post-fitness test administered by the partner district. A rubric for this testing will be sent to the liaison upon enrollment. After course completion, the heart rate monitor should be returned to Launch using the return envelope provided.
All Traditional Virtual and Credit Recovery courses are MSHAA approved. Traditional Virtual courses must follow the SPS calendar and Credit Recovery courses are approved because the students must have previously taken the course and failed the course allowing for the required seat time.
Because attendance is not recorded for virtual courses, students taking Launch courses earn 100% attendance and are not negatively impacted towards attendance requirements. The 94% reimbursement is only for Average Daily Attendance reporting purposes only.
Personal Finance and all Launch AP offerings are offered for Dual Credit through Missouri State University with the exception of AP English Lit. & Comp.—AP English Lit. & Comp. offers Dual Credit through Drury University.
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