School-assessed coursework (SAC) has to take place in class time. Therefore, students must attend school for their SAC sessions.
The following rules will apply if a student is absent from a SAC session.
a. If they were away and have a medical certificate they will be considered for Special Provision. The student will be given an opportunity to undertake a task at another time to be negotiated between the
student, teacher and VCE Coordinator.
b. If they do not have a medical certificate, they will get a zero for that SAC.
c. If a student misses part of a SAC, and has a medical certificate, consideration will be given for the time lost.
d. If a student misses part of a SAC, but does not have a medical certificate, consideration will not be given for time lost, and the work will be marked as presented.
e. If a situation of extreme illness or hardship develops, other forms of Special Provision will be applied and other arrangements made.
For each semester-length unit the following attendance policy applies:
1. No more than five undocumented/unexplained absences will be permitted. However, if a student is ill and medical certificates are provided, up to 12 absences will be accepted.
2. Students who exceed the permitted absence rate of 12, or who have reached six unexplained absences in a particular unit, will immediately be given an ‘unsatisfactory completion'.
3. In the event of a student exceeding the permissible absence rate, the following procedures will apply:
Firstly there will be an enrolment review. This means that the student may have to withdraw from the unit(s). However, they may be permitted to apply for consideration of disadvantage on grounds of illness or other hardship, or apply for redemption (e.g. making up for missed classes) after receiving ‘Not Satisfactory’. This could result in them obtaining ‘satisfactory completion’.
If students are given the opportunity to make up missed classes, they must do so done on a Wednesday or after school. The arrangement must be made with the level coordinator and class teacher and the appropriate Making up missed classes form must be completed. The possibility of make-up classes is not automatic. If a student has not made an effort to improve attendance they might not be given the opportunity to do so. It is possible to gain an ‘N’ (not satisfactory) due to poor attendance.
Teachers need to be able to show that students have met the outcome/s through completion of work in class in order to be verified and authenticated.
4. If a student’s absences reach six unexplained or 13 in total, the subject teacher will arrange an interview with the level coordinator and the student to undertake an enrolment review. Parents/guardians may be contacted at this stage.