Student Resources

Attendance policy

Students are expected to be present and on time every day. Students must have a valid reason to be absent or late. Students must maintain an 80% attendance average. Therefore, if a student misses more than 18 days in a semester (9 days per quarter) he/she will be automatically dropped.


Truancy and Absenteeism

Beyond good study habits and hard work, one of the most important areas for students to focus on during their time at Austin Career Education Center is attendance. Any time a pupil has frequent absences from classroom learning experiences, the continuity of the instructional process is interrupted, and therefore the amount and quality of learning can be greatly diminished. Austin Career Education Center has a comprehensive attendance and truancy policy that clearly outlines what is expected of students and their parents/guardians.

Frequently Asked Questions about Truancy and Absenteeism

Q. If a student is absent, what should she do?

Students are required to give notice when they will not be able to attend school. If the student is not able to give notice himself/herself a parent or some other responsible adult must give notice. A call must be placed to the school to report the absence. Students are allowed two days following an absence to present a written excuse to their advisor. Excuses must be written and signed by a student’s parent or guardian. Students can use an excuse form provided by the school or a handwritten note from the parent or guardian. Students should never write their own excuses.

Q. What information should be included on an excused absence form?

a. Fullnameofthestudent
b. Date(s)of absence
c. Reason for absence
d. Signatureofparentorguardian e. Advisor’sname

Q. What is an excused absence?

Excused absences are those accepted by the school as legal absences. They are limited to illness, quarantine, death in the immediate family, and court appearances. Absences due to illness that combine to 10 or more days (excused or unexcused) for one school year will require that the student obtain a written excuse from a doctor. Each absence after 10 will also require an individual excuse from a doctor.

Q. What is considered an unexcused or illegal absence?

Illegal absences are those that are unacceptable according to the reasons listed above or have not been accepted by the school administration. Examples of illegal or unexcused absences include but are not limited to missing the bus, shopping, baby- sitting, visiting relativParents and guardians are encouraged to contact the Student Services Coordinator if there is a question or concern about student absenteeism to resolve the issue.

Q. What will happen if a student has an illegal or unexcused absence?

a. After two unexcused absences, the parent or guardian will be notified by phone, given an explanation of the ACEC policy concerning truancy, and given a list of dates for all recorded student absences.

b. After five unexcused absences, the parent or guardian will be notified by certified mail. A second explanation of the ACEC policy concerning truancy will be included as well as a listing of dates.

c. After 10 unexcused absences, the parent or guardian will be notified for the second time via certified mail. The final explanation of the ACEC policy concerning truancy will be included as well as a listing of dates.

d. After 18 unexcused absences, the parent or guardian will be notified by certified mail that the student has been dropped from enrollment and is no longer eligible to attend classes at ACEC.

Q. What about vacations during the school year?

Parents need to contact the school in writing if a student is to accompany a family on a vacation during the school year. Any absence from school whether excused or unexcused will be reported as an absence. All assignments and tests must be made up on a day for day basis. School administrators do retain the right to refuse approval of a vacation trip based on the attendance history of the student. A trip that is not approved will be considered an illegal absence and subject to the previously mentioned consequences.

Q. What should a parent or guardian do if there is a discrepancy or uncertainty as to status of a student’s absenteeism?

Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact the Student Services Coordinator if there is a question or concern about student absenteeism to resolve the issue.


Graduation Requirements

Minimum Credit RequirementsStudent Handbook

4 credits of English

3 credits of mathematics, one of which must be Algebra 1 and one of which must be Geometry.

2 credits of Science

2 credits of Social Studies, of which at least one year must be the history of theUnited States or a combination of the history of the United States and American government

1 credit chosen from any of the following: Art, Music, Foreign language, Vocational education

0.5 credit in Health

0.5 credit in Consumer Education or successful completion of the SB 977 Cons Ed exam

A total of 20 credits with a minimum of 2 credits earned at the Austin Career Education Center

Non-Credit Requirements

PSAE Test. State law requires that students take the Prairie State Achievement

Examination as a condition for receiving a regular high school diploma.

Successful completion of the Public Law 195 Test

Completion of TABE pre and post tests with a minimum reading score of 10.0*.

Students who scores fall below 10.0 are required to have a completed IEP or AEP.

Successful completion of one full semester at Austin Career Education Center

A minimum of 40 service learning hours

No Student will be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony or any other graduating activity until all graduation requirements have been met.

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