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Local Operating Guidelines

Vocational Adjustment Class (VAC)

  • Student must have taken all End Of Course exams, Exit Level TAKS or the ARD has addressed all End of Course or Exit Level TAKS exams before being considered for VAC.
  • Student must be 16 years or older
  • Students must have junior or senior status for part-time employment
  • Students must have senior status for full-time employment
  • While the student is employed, they will have 1 hour of contact time each week with the VAC teacher.   Contact time may be in person, by phone, at the job site or in a class.
  • If a student does not find employment or looses employment, the student will have 10 school days to obtain employment either on their own or with the assistance of the VAC teacher
  • After 10 school days, if employment is not found, the student will start the interim schedule of services that was determined by the ARD.  If no interim schedule of services was developed, an ARD will be held to develop the schedule of services. Interim schedule of services may be one of the following:
    • Return to school with a full day of instruction. 
    • See at least 2 employers a day until hired.  The student will meet (face to face) with the VAC teacher a minimum of 1 hour per week.  Students will be required to turn in signed statements from employers, during the face to face meeting with the VAC teacher, signifying that the student came looking for a job.  At the end of each six weeks, the VAC teacher will need to evaluate whether to recommend to the ARD that the student needs to return to school full day. 
  • A student who loses a job must be provided with a full instructional day during the time he or she is without a job.  A student may not stay at home during the time in which he or she was previously on the job.   (TEA Student Attendance Accounting Handbook)