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​Schools must clearly define their dismissal and appeal procedures.

Many schools have a rule requiring student dismissal if a student cannot make up academic failures in summer school (see high school section on Summer School​) or if a student receives a specified number of academic failures at the end of a semester or school year. These conditions must be clearly stated in the parent/student handbook.

Any school that maintains these types of regulations must provide parents/guardians with sufficient notice prior to the student's failure. The principal or other administrator shall ensure that teachers do not impose academic failures unless they are justly deserved and adequately documented and parents/guardians have been previously notified.

See Student Transfers, Withdrawals, and Graduation.