JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's education agency says parents wanting to transfer their children from failing schools should provide notice by Aug. 1.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released guidance Wednesday on how to handle student transfers. That comes a week after the state Supreme Court upheld a 1993 law requiring unaccredited school districts to pay for students to transfer to nearby schools.

The state wants school districts to adopt class-size policies by Aug. 1. It's also urging parents to notify districts of their intent to transfer their students by that date. If schools can't accommodate all the new students, they are supposed to adopt an admissions process ensuring that all applicants have an equal chance of transferring.

Missouri currently as three unaccredited districts — Kansas City, Normandy and Riverview Gardens.