Illinois public school system actually called the High School Attendance Program(HSAP)used to kick kids out of a class or give them an automatically failing grade due to too many truancies or unexcused tardy-truancies. A "second chance" is given when a students shows improvement in attendance and work/grade, a big meeting is scheduled with your counselor, parents and people from the district.
Joe: Shit son, why were you gone for the last two months of the semester? I thought you were only on step 2 in geology!
Alex: Shit, I got kicked out of school because of too many steps on ALL my classes! I'll graduate...next year!