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Health Education
     Last Updated: 12/13/2012

Mandate: Statute 118.01 (1997) requires school to provide instruction in health education in elementary and secondary grades; however, grades, instructional time, and curriculum materials are local decisions. Statute 118.33 (2001) and Code PI 18.03 (1986) specify that students in grades 7 through 12 must complete at least credit of health education in order to graduate from high school. Statute 115.35 (1997) requires the State Department of Public Instruction to establish a program on health problems instruction" in order to provide assistance and guidance to local districts. Statute 121.02(i)(j) requires each school board to ensure that instruction in health education is provided by qualified teachers. Code PI 8.01(2)(j)1 requires health instruction to be provided in accordance with a written comprehensive health education curriculum which includes the curricular areas defined in ss.115.35 and 118.01 (2), It requires designation of a professional staff member as coordinator of health education. It also requires health education in grades K-6 must be under the direction of a licensed health teacher. In grades 7-12 health education must be conducted by or under the direction of a licensed health teacher must include one structured course in health taught by a licensed health teacher.

Curriculum Content: The Department of Public Instruction has published Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Health Education (2011), which are voluntary. Schools are not required to use a specific curriculum program.

State Assessment Requirement: None.

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Physical Education
     Last Updated: 3/26/2013

Mandate: Code PI 18.03 (1986)  and Statute 118.33(1)a(1) requires 1.5 credits in physical education to be completed over three years which incorporates instruction in the effects of exercise on the human body, health-related physical fitness, and lifetime physical activities to be granted a high school diploma.  Statute 121.02 (2001) and school district standards requires physical education at least three times per week for grades K-6, weekly for middle school, and three courses during high school in grades 9-12. 

Exemptions: Code 118.33 (2012) permits a school board to allow a pupil who participates in sports or in another organized physical activity, as determined by the school board, to complete an additional 0.5 credit in English, social studies, mathematics, science, or health education in lieu of 0.5 credit in physical education.

Curriculum Content: The Department of Public Instruction provides guidance for schools in their voluntary Phyiscal Education Standards (2010) and Physical Education Standards Checklist.  Schools are not required to use a specific curriculum program.

Physical Fitness Assessment: None.

Asthma Awareness Education
     Last Updated: 2/19/2006

Not specifically required.

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Emotional, Social, and Mental Health Education
     Last Updated: 12/13/2012

Statute 115.35 (1997) requires mental health education be taught at the primary and secondary levels. Statute 118.01 (1997) requires school boards to provide instructional programs promoting positive emotional development. Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Health Education (2011) recommend certain emotional, social, and mental health education standards be taught in grades K-12. Standard A recommends students by the end of grades 4, 8, and 12 be able to identify and describe positive mental, emotional, social, and physical factors that influence health and their interrelationship with one another. Standard F recommends students by the end of grades 4, 8, and 12 be able to express their feelings in healthy ways.

Wisconsin Model Academic Standards For School Counseling (2007) include three standards in the personal and social domain and support the delivery of social and emotional learning curriculum in the comprehensive school counseling program.

Character Education: Not specifically required.

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HIV, STD, and Pregnancy Prevention Education
     Last Updated: 3/26/2013

Mandate: Statute 118.019 (2011) permits a school board to provide an instructional program in human growth and development in grades kindergarten to 12. If the school board elects to provide an instructional program under this section, when the school board establishes the curriculum for the instructional program, the school board shall make determinations as to whether and, if so, for what subjects covered in the curriculum the pupils shall be separated by gender. If an instructional program is provided, the statute provides specific recommendations, including presenting medically accurate information, addressing self-esteem and personal responsibility, and identifying dentify counseling, medical, and legal resources for survivors of sexual abuse and assault, including resources for escaping violent relationships. Any instructional method used must not discriminate against a pupil based upon the pupil's race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnic or cultural background or against sexually active pupils or children with disabilities. The statute specifies that nothing prohibits a school board from approving an instructional program under this section that includes instruction on abstinence from sexual activity or that is abstinence-centered.

If a school board provides instruction in any of the areas of human growth and development outlined in the statute, the school board shall ensure that the includes the following instruction, when age appropriate, in the same course and during the same year:

  • Presents abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior for unmarried pupils.
  • Emphasizes that abstinence from sexual activity before marriage is the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
  • Provides instruction in parental responsibility and the socioeconomic benefits of marriage for adults and their children.
  • Explains pregnancy, prenatal development, and childbirth.
  • Explains the criminal penalties for engaging in sexual activities involving a child.
  • Explains the sex offender registration requirements.
  • Provides medically accurate information about the human papilloma virus and the human immunofeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

Statute 118.01 (1997) identifies educational goals and expectations of public education, and as part of the goal of personal development states that each school board shall provide an instructional program designed to give pupils knowledge of the human body and the means to maintain lifelong health. This statute continues that instruction in physiology and hygiene shall include instruction on sexually transmitted diseases and shall be offered in every high school.

Curriculum Content: Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Health Education (2011) do not specifically mention HIV, STD, or pregnancy prevention. However, Wisconsin does provide guidance on the development with their School HIV/AIDS Policy Tool Kit (2003) and HGD programs (2012).  Statute 118.019 (2011) outlines the recommended content for school boards that chose to provide instruction in human growth and development. 

If a school board provides instruction in any of the areas of human growth and development outlined in the statute, the school board shall ensure that the includes the following instruction, when age appropriate, in the same course and during the same year:

  • Presents abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior for unmarried pupils.
  • Emphasizes that abstinence from sexual activity before marriage is the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
  • Provides instruction in parental responsibility and the socioeconomic benefits of marriage for adults and their children.
  • Explains pregnancy, prenatal development, and childbirth.
  • Explains the criminal penalties for engaging in sexual activities involving a child.
  • Explains the sex offender registration requirements.
  • Provides medically accurate information about the human papilloma virus and the human immunofeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

Parental Approval: Statute 118.019 (2011) allows parents to remove a student from instruction in human growth and development with a written request to the teacher or principal (an "opt-out" policy). 

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Nutrition Education
     Last Updated: 7/16/2009

Not specifically required. However, schools are encouraged to use the Model Academic Standards for Nutrition (2009) to develop a comprehensive K-12 nutrition education program.

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Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use Education
     Last Updated: 12/13/2012

Alcohol: Statute 118.01 (1997) requires schools to provide instruction in personal development, which includes the relationship between suicide, highway safety, and alcohol use.Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Health Education (2011) does not specifically mention alcohol use prevention.

Tobacco: Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Health Education (2011) does not specifically mention tobacco use prevention.

Drugs: Statute 118.01 (1997) requires schools to provide instruction in personal development, which includes the relationship between suicide, highway safety, and controlled substance use. Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Health Education (2011) does not specifically mention drug use prevention.

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Injury and Violence Prevention Education
     Last Updated: 12/13/2012

Bullying/Harassment: Statute 118.01 (1995) requires schools to provide instruction to help students recognize, avoid, prevent and halt intrusive or abusive situations and protective behaviors.

Fighting/Gangs: Standard F of Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Health Education (2011) recommends students by the end of grades 4, 8, and 12 be taught how to identify the possible causes of conflict and strategies to prevent and resolve them without harming self or others. Standard B recommends students by the end of grades 4, 8, and 12 be taught ways to avoid and reduce threatening situations.

Suicide and Other Self-Abuse: Statute 118.01 (1997) requires school boards to provide instructional programs on suicide prevention, the conditions which may lead to suicide, and the warning signs of suicidal tendencies.

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Staff
Requirements for All Educators Regarding Health Education
     Last Updated: 6/8/2008

Professional Development: Statute 115.365 (1995) requires the Department of Public Instruction to develop and conduct training programs in suicide prevention for the professional staff of public and private schools. Statute 115.368 (1995) requires the Department of Public Instruction to develop and conduct training programs in protective behaviors that includes recognizing, avoiding, preventing, and halting physical or psychological situations that may be intrusive or abusive to minors. Statute 115.36 (1999) requires the Department of Public Instruction to develop and conduct training programs for alcohol and other drug abuse prevention for staff professional development.

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Requirements for Health Educators
     Last Updated: 3/22/2012

Pre-service Requirement: To qualify for a license to teach health, an applicant must complete a program that incorporates Wisconsin's model academic standards for health and assists prospective teachers in developing specific competencies according to Code PI 34.30 (2000).

Professional Development: Code PI 8.01 (2004) requires each school district to establish an annual professional development plan to meet individual needs or curriculum areas in each school. Code PI 34.18 (2000) requires a professional educator to complete a professional development plan that demonstrates increased competency every five years.

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Requirements for Physical Educators
     Last Updated: 10/15/2008

Pre-service Requirement: To qualify for a license to teach physical education, an applicant must complete a program that incorporates Wisconsin's model academic standards for physical education and assists prospective educators in developing specific competencies according to Administrative Code PI 34.30 (2000). 

Professional Development: Code PI 8.01 (2004) requires each school district to establish an annual professional development plan to meet individual needs or curriculum areas in each school. Code PI 34.18 (2000) requires a professional educator to complete a professional development plan that demonstrates increased competency every five years.

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Requirements for School Nurses
     Last Updated: 12/13/2012

Pre-service Requirement

Statute 115.001 requires a school nurse to be a registered nurse licensed under section 441.06 ch. 441 or in a party state, as defined in s. 441.50(2)(j) who submits evidence satisfactory to the department that he or she has successfully completed a course, determined to be satisfactory to the department in public health or community health (2011).”  

Code PI 34.31 (2004) requires an applicant for school nurse licensure to have completed a baccalaureate degree program in nursing from an approved program which includes a practicum in school nursing and be a registered nurse in the state. For licensure as a registered nurse, Statute 441.04 (1987) requires the completion of an accredited school of nursing program, the possession of a high school diploma, and the passing of the NCLEX-RN examination. Code PI 34.31(2), states that a school nurse license is not required. However, they may be issued to a school nurse who completes a school nurse practicum and receives an institutional endorsement.

Professional Development: Code PI 34.18 (2004) requires the completion of a professional development plan that demonstrates increased proficiency every five years for license renewal. The plan's completion is verified by a professional development team. 

Student-to-Nurse Ratio: None specified.

Requirements for Non-Certified Personnel to Administer Medication
     Last Updated: 12/13/2012

Pre-service Requirement: Statute 118.29 (2011) states a school bus operator validly authorized to operate the school bus he or she is operating, any school employee or volunteer, county children with disabilities education board employee or volunteer or cooperative educational service agency employee or volunteer authorized in writing by the administrator of the school district, the board or the agency, respectively, or by a school principal may administer over-the-counter drug products to a pupil in compliance with written instruction and consent from the parent or guardian,  certain prescription drugs such as epinephrine and glucagon without written consent or order but based on symptoms of anaphylaxis or hypoglycemia respectively,  and prescription drugs in compliance with instructions from a physician and written consent from the parent or guardian, as long as training requirements are met.

Professional Development: All staff approved to administer medication must receive department approved medication administration training.

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Requirements for School Counselors
     Last Updated: 11/22/2010

Pre-service Requirement: Code PI 34.31 (2004) requires a minimum of a master's degree in school counseling and guidance from an approved program with the institution's endorsement. The candidate must also either be eligible for a teaching license or have at least two years of successful school counseling experience. Candidates must also demonstrate proficiency in the seven standards for pupil services, specified in Code PI 34.04 (2004).

Professional Development: Code PI 34.18 (2004) requires the completion of a professional development plan that demonstrates increased proficiency every five years for license renewal. The plan's completion is verified by a professional development team.

Student-to-Counselor Ratio: No state policy.

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Requirements for School Psychologists
     Last Updated: 10/10/2011

Pre-service Requirement: Code PI 34.31 (2004) requires a minimum of a master's degree and the completion of an approved program for the preparation of school psychologists, resulting in a doctorate or specialist degree. Two successful years of supervised experience as a school psychologist or a supervised internship in school psychology is required along with the written recommendation of the school system administration. Candidates must also demonstrate proficiency in the seven standards for pupil services, specified in Code PI 34.04 (2004).

Professional Development: Code PI 34.18 (2004) requires the completion of a professional development plan that demonstrates increased proficiency every five years for license renewal. The plan's completion is verified by a professional development team.

Student-to-Psychologist Ratio: None specified.

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Requirements for School Social Workers
     Last Updated: 7/9/2008

Pre-service Requirement: Code PI 34.31 (2004) requires a minimum of a master's degree in social work and the endorsement of a state-approved graduate school of social work to document that the individual has demonstrated proficiency in the seven standards for pupil services, specified in Code PI 34.04 (2004), and the Wisconsin school social work content guidelines.

Professional Development: Code PI 34.18 (2004) requires the completion of a professional development plan that demonstrates increased proficiency every five years for license renewal. The plan's completion is verified by a professional development team.

Student-to-Social Worker Ratio: None specified.

Requirements for Food Service Personnel
     Last Updated: 7/14/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.

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Requirements for Athletic Coaches
     Last Updated: 3/22/2012

Pre-service Requirement: Code PI 34.33 (2004) states that a license is not required to coach. However, a license to coach athletics may be issued to an applicant who holds a valid Wisconsin teaching license under this chapter and has obtained the institutional endorsement for the license to coach athletics or an applicant who is eligible for or holds a license in physical education based on a physical education major.

Professional Development: None specified.

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Wellness Policies
     Last Updated: 3/22/2012

Additional Accountability Requirements: None

Additional Content Requirements: None

Guidance Materials: The Department of Public Instruction published School Wellness Policy:Broadening the Policy" (2005) that puts pertinent state statutes and policies into context within Section 204 requirements and promotes a coordinated school health plan approach to wellness based on CDC guidance documents.

The Department of Public Instruction also provides Wellness Policy Resources from various other state organizations, including state's Team Nutrition and Action for Healthy Kids teams, and national organizations, including the CDC and USDA.

Other: None.

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School Meals Program
     Last Updated: 8/22/2013

Food Services: No state policy.

Adequate Time to Eat: No state policy.

School Breakfast: No state policy.

Food Allergies: No state policy.

Farm-to-School: Statute 93.49 defines farm to school programs and requires the Department of Agriculture to promote farm to school programs, encourage schools to purchase food produced in the state, and provide nutritional and agricultural education, including farm visits, cooking demonstrations and composting and gardening at schools. The Department is also required to do the following: (1) identify impediments to purchasing locally produced food and seek to reduce those impediments, (2) advise and coordinate with other departments, including the department of instruction, (3) promote communication between local farmers and schools, (4) conduct training and provide technical assistance for school food personnel and management (5) promote farm to school through an education campaign, (6) provide information on its internet site concerning farm to school programs, (7) consult with the farm to school council and other interested persons.

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Competitive Foods in School
     Last Updated: 6/20/2014

Statute 118.12(4) (2001) allows any person to sell or promote the sale of foods or services on school district property provided that no district employee receives personal benefit that is of any value from the sale. Upon the board entering into a contract with one vendor that gives the exclusive right to sell soft drinks in one or more schools of the district, the contract may not prohibit the sale of milk in any school. The board must further ensure that milk is available to the maximum extent possible.

 

Fundraising Exemptions:

Per a May 28, 2014 email from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (link not available) to school district administrators, they will allow two fundraiser exemptions per student organization, per school year.

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Physical Activity Other Than Physical Education
     Last Updated: 12/27/2010

General Physical Activity Requirement: No state policy.

Recess or Physical Activity Breaks: No state policy requiring or recommending recess. Code PI 8.01 (2004) allows no more than 30 minutes of the school day to be accounted for recess.

Recess Before Lunch: No state policy.

Walking/Biking to School: No state policy.

Organized Sports
     Last Updated: 3/26/2013

Interscholastic Sports: No state policy.

Concussion and Sports-Related Head Injury: Statute 118.293 (2011) defines “youth athletic activity” as an organized athletic activity which the participants, a majority of whom are under 19 years of age, are engaged in an athletic game or competition agains another team, club or entity, or in practice or preparation for an organized athletic game or competition against another team, club or entity. It requires the State Department of Education, in consultation with the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, to develop guidelines and other information for the purpose of educating athletic coaches and pupil athletes and their parents about the nature and risk of concussion and head injury in youth athletic activities. It requires the person operating the youth athletic activity to distribute concussion and head injury information to each person coaching and each participant. No person may participate in the activity unless they return the information sheet signed by the participant, or if under 19, by his or her parent or guardian. It requires an athletic coach, official involved in a youth athletic activity, or health care provider to remove a person from the activity if the coach, official or health care provider determines that the person exhibits signs, symptoms, or behavior consistent with a concussion or head injury, or they suspect a concussion or head injury. A person who has been removed from a youth athletic activity may not return to participate until they are evaluated by a health care provider and receive written clearance to participate. The law provides immunity from civil liability for any injury resulting from that omission unless it constitutes gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.

Safe and Drug-Free Schools
     Last Updated: 3/26/2013

Statute 120.13 requires school districts to adopt codes of conduct , gives teachers authority to remove unruly pupils from class, and specifies the types of behaviors that may lead to suspension and expulsion. Code PI 23.04 (2003) requires a school district allow a student to transfer to another school in the school district if the student has been a victim of a violent criminal offense.

Fighting/Gangs: Statute 115.368 (1995) requires the Department of Public Instruction to provide consultation and technical assistance to public and private schools for the development and implementation of protective behaviors programs, aimed at preventing physically intrusive and abusive situations.

Statute 118.07(4) requires school boards to adopt safety plans for each school.

Weapons: Statute 120.13 (2001) requires the school district administrator or any principal or teacher designated by the district administrator to suspend a student for possessing a firearm at school or while under the supervision of a school authority. This statute also requires a school board to expel a student for at least one year for possession of a firearm while at school or under the supervision of a school authority.

Code PI 23.05 (2003) defines a school as persistently dangerous if a school board expelled at least 1% of its pupils for assault, endangering behavior or weapons-related offense. Code PI 23.04 requires a school district allow a student to transfer to another school in the school district if the student attends a school that has been identified as persistently dangerous.

Drugs and Alcohol: No state policy specific to school premises.

Collaboration with Law Enforcement: Act 292 (2004) allows schools and law enforcement agencies to share confidential information regarding students who are subjects of investigations prior to adjudication, if a memorandum of understanding exists.

Bullying, Harassment and Hazing
     Last Updated: 3/22/2012

Bullying/Harassment: Statute 118.46 (2009) requires the Department of Education to develop a model school policy on bullying by pupils. The policy must include the following: (1) a definition and prohibition of bullying, (2) procedures for confidential reporting and investigation of reports (3) a requirement to investigate reported incidents, (4) a prohibition against a pupil retaliating against another pupil for reporting and incident of bullying, (5) disciplinary alternatives for pupils that engage in bullying or retaliates against a pupil reporting an incident, and (6) an identification of the school-related events, property and vehicles used for pupil transportation to which the policy applied. The statute requires each school board to adopt a policy prohibiting bullying by pupils. The school board may adopt the model policy.

Statute 118.13 (1997), which prohibits discrimination against students based on gender, race, religion national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability, has been interpreted through Code PI 9 (1986) to include a prohibition against harassment that substantially interferes with a pupil s school performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive school environment. Bullying behavior may fall under this definition.

Cyberbullying: No state policy.

Hazing: No specific state policy. However, Statute 118.13, which prohibits discrimination against students based on gender, race, religion national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability, has been interpreted through Code PI 9 to include a prohibition against harassment that substantially interferes with a pupil s school performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive school environment. Hazing behavior may fall under this definition.

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Crisis Management/Emergency Response
     Last Updated: 10/15/2008

Response and Management Plans: No state policy.

Reporting Incidents of Violence: Statute 115.38 (2001) requires school districts to file an annual school performance report which reports the number of suspensions and expulsions in the district's schools. The offense, length of punishment, and grade, gender, ethnicity, and any disabilities of the offender are also to be reported.

Tobacco Use
     Last Updated: 10/15/2008

Statute 120.12(20) (2001) prohibits the use of all tobacco products on premises owned, rented, or under the control of  the school board. The school board may, however, allow the use of tobacco products by other persons using school district facilities for non-educational purposes.

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Air Quality
     Last Updated: 3/26/2013

Wisconsin Act 96 (2009) requires the Department of Public Instruction to develop a model management plan for indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and required school districts and private schools participating in the private school choice programs to adopt and implement plans.  The model plan suggests that schools address standardized reporting of concerns; crisis communication plans; the development of policies; facility maintenance including chemical use, HVAC systems, and mold; prevention; and construction.

Statute 101.12 (no date available) requires approval of the Department of Commerce of new building plans to comply with building codes for the design of a safe building. Some of the areas reviewed include heating, ventilation, air conditioning and exhaust systems, grandstands, bleachers and fire detection.

Statute 121.02(1)(i) (no date available) requires facilities to comply with Statutes 254.11 (no date available) to 254.178 (1999) which pertain to lead and asbestos.

More generally, Code PI 8.01(2)(i) (2004) requires the school board to adopt and implement a long range plan outlining how their facilities will be maintained at a safe and healthful level. it requires the school board to comply with all relevant regulations, codes and orders of the state and local governments.

Pesticide Use
     Last Updated: 3/26/2013

Statute 94.715 (2001) requires local school boards to authorize pesticide applications to be conducted in a school or on school grounds by one who is certified. The statute also requires the posting of notifications of the application of pesticides in a school or on school grounds for at least 72 hours after the application.

Standard 121.02  requires districts to provide safe and healthful facilities. Air quality, ventilation, use of pesticides and chemicals, mold prevention, as well as bullying, are issues that come under the umbrella of this requirement.

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Playground/Facility Safety
     Last Updated: 3/26/2013

SB 200 prohibits a public, private or charter school from knowingly purchasing, using or storing freeflowing elemental mercury for any purpose, or, with certain exceptions, from knowingly purchasing, using, or storing a mercury-containing compound or an instrument or an measuring device containing mercury.

Shared Use Agreements
     Last Updated: 4/14/2013

Statute 119.70 (1989) authorizes local boards of education to establish and maintain gymnasiums, public playgrounds, and similar activities and accommodations in the school buildings and on school grounds for children and adults. Local boards of education may cooperate by agreement with other commissions or boards having the custody and management of public parks and public buildings and grounds to provide the equipment, supervision, instruction and oversight necessary to carry on such recreational activities.

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Student Services
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Screening for Health Conditions
     Last Updated: 7/13/2011

Vision and Hearing: Statute 118.135 (2001) requires each school board and each charter school to request each pupil entering kindergarten to provide evidence that the pupil has had his or her eyes examined by a [licensed] optometrist or evaluated by a [licensed] physician". This statute also encourages, but does not require, physicians and optometrists to provide free examinations for those in financial need.

Chronic Health Conditions: No state policy.

Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening: No state policy. However, the Department of Health and Family Services and the Wisconsin Nutrition and Physical Activity Program produced guidance for schools in BMI screening, To Weigh and Measure: Height, Weight and Body Mass Index (2008).

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Administration of Medications
     Last Updated: 12/13/2012

Staff Administration: Statute 118.29 (2011) allows several categories of people to administer over-the-counter drugs to a pupil in compliance with written instruction and consent from the parent or guardian and prescription drugs in compliance with instructions from a physician and written consent from the parent or guardian. These include a school bus operator validly authorized to operate the school bus he or she is operating, any school employee or volunteer, county children with disabilities education board employee, or volunteer or cooperative educational service agency employee or volunteer authorized in writing by the administrator of the school district, the board or the agency, respectively, or by a school principal. The statute also authorizes a school bus driver, employee or volunteer to administer glucagon to a known diabetic student who appears to be suffering severe low blood sugar and an automatic epinephrine injector to any student experiencing anaphylaxis.

Self-Administration of Asthma Medication: Statute 118.291 (2009) allows a student with asthma to possess and use a metered dose inhaler or a dry powder inhaler in school, at school-sponsored activities, or under supervision of school authority if written approval and permission are received from the pupil's physician and parent or guardian and given to the principal. The statute further protects the school district, school board or school district employees from civil liability caused by a school employee's good faith belief" that the requirements for a student to use an inhaler were not satisfied or the employee allowed the self-administration of the inhaler based on the good faith belief" that the requirements were satisfied.

Self-Administration of Anaphylaxis MedicationStatute 118.291 (2011) allows a student with severe  allergies to possess and use an epinephrine auto-injector in school, at school-sponsored activities, or under supervision of school authority if written approval and permission are received from the pupil's physician and parent or guardian and given to the principal. No school board, school district, private school, or tribal school, or any employee of the foregoing, is civilly liable for an injury incurred by any of the following: (a) A pupil as a result of using an epinephrine auto-injector under sub. (1r). (b) Any person as a result of a pupil possessing or using an epinephrine auto-injector under sub.

Psychotropic Medications: No state policy.

Storage and Record-keeping: Code PI 8.01 (2004) requires district boards to adopt and implement written policies that contain protocols for the method by which medication administration records are kept. Statute 118.29 additionally requires this policy to include procedures for storing drugs and prescription drugs.

Medical Emergencies: Code PI 8.01 states that policies for emergency nursing services shall include protocols for dealing with pupil accidental injury, illness and administration of medication at all school sponsored activities including but not limited to curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities including a method to record each incident of service provided. The emergency nursing services shall be available during the regular school day and during all school sponsored activities of pupils. Pupil emergency information cards, equipment, supplies and space for the emergency nursing services shall be appropriate and readily accessible.

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Counseling and Mental Health Services
     Last Updated: 10/10/2011

Requirement to Provide Services: Statute 121.02 (2001) and Code PI 8.01 (2004) require each school board to provide guidance and counseling services for all pupils. Statute 118.13 (1997) states that no person shall be discriminated against receiving pupil services based on gender, race, religion national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.

Identification of Students with Mental or Emotional Disorders: Statute 115.77 (1999) requires local educational agencies to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities in need of special education and related services.

Substance Abuse: Statutes 115.36 and 115.361 (1999) require the Department of Public Instruction to provide consultation, technical, and fellowship grants assistance to public and private schools for the development and implementation of alcohol and other drug abuse  prevention programs.

Suicide Prevention: Statute 115.365 (1995) requires the Department of Public Instruction to provide consultation and technical assistance to public and private schools for the development and implementation of suicide prevention programs. Statute 118.295 (1997) protects any school board of employee who in good faith attempts to prevent suicide" from civil liability.

HIV, STD, and Pregnancy Testing and Counseling: Statute 252.15 states, "If all of the conditions under Statute 938.02 (10p) are met, an employee of a school district, cooperative educational service agency, charter school, private school, Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, or the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, while performing employment duties involving an individual; who is significantly exposed to the individual may subject the individual's blood to a test or a series of tests for the presence of HIV, antigen or non-antigenic products of HIV or an antibody to HIV and may receive disclosure of the results."

Wisconsin does not require schools or districts to provide voluntary HIV, STD, or pregnancy testing to students. Further, the state does not require or prohibit schools or districts from providing voluntary HIV, STD, or pregnancy counseling to students. The state also does not have any laws prohibiting teachers or counselors from discussing any specific topics with students.

Statute 450.16 (1985) prohibits the sale of contraceptives in vending machines in public schools. Violation of this law is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and/or nine months in prison.

Immunity of Liability: Statute 118.295 grants immunity of liability to any school or school employee, volunteer, or officer who in good faith attempts to prevent a suicide. Statute 118.126 also grants immunity of liability to school psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses, or any teacher or administrator who engages in alcohol or drug abuse program activities, who in good faith discloses or fails to disclose information.

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Immunization
     Last Updated: 12/13/2012

Detailed, current information about immunization requirements by state is maintained by the National Network for Immunization Information.  Select your state from the drop down box under Search for State Vaccine Requirements for School Entry."

Exemptions: Statute 252.04 (2009) allows for exemption from immunization requirements if the student, adult or the students parent, guardian or legal custodian submits a written statement to the school, day care center or nursery school objecting to the immunization for reasons of health, religion or personal conviction.

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Accommodation
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Staff with HIV
     Last Updated: 2/19/2006

No state policy.

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Students with HIV
     Last Updated: 4/2/2007

No specific state policy. However, Statute 118.13 (1997) provides that no person may be denied admission to any public school or be discriminated against in any curricular extracurricular, pupil services, recreational or other program or activity because of their sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital, or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability. These fourteen characteristics are called protected classes.

Pregnant or Parenting Students
     Last Updated: 10/10/2011

Statute 115.915 (1991) requires school districts to make program modifications and services available to a pregnant or parenting student that will allow her or him to continue her or his education. Code PI 19 (1986) provides program guidelines school district must follow in order to receive supplemental aid for specialized services to pregnant and parenting students. Statute 118.15 (2001) allows students to enroll in high school equivalency programs or alternative programs provided by the district or in educational programs outside of the district.

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Individual Health Plan for Students
     Last Updated: 1/2/2007

Statute 115.787 of the 1997 Wisconsin Act 164 requires an individualized education programs to include a statement explaining how the child’s disability affects the child’s involvement in the general curriculum and participation in activities and outline the related services and supplementary aids needed. Statute 115.76 (1997) defines a “child with a disability,” including other health impairments, as one who needs special education and related services. Wisconsin Code PI 11.36 (2001) defines “other health impairment” as one who has limited “strength, vitality or alertness, due to chronic or acute health problems.”

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Coordinating or Advisory Councils
     Last Updated: 3/26/2013

State-level: Statute 115.36 requires the department to maintain an advisory council on alcohol and other drug abuse. It must advise the department on administration of a grant program. Statute 115.35 (1999) allows the department to appoint a council consisting of representatives from higher education institutions, law enforcement, education fields, health agencies, the department of health and family services, professional health associations, and other agencies to advise on the development of a health problems education program.

Local-level: Statute 118.019 (2001) requires in any school district that offers a human growth and development curriculum, the school board to appoint an ad hoc advisory committee whose role is to advisethe school board on the design and implementation of the human growth and development curriculum and to review the curriculum. Parents, teachers, school administrators, pupils, health care professionals, members of the clergy, and other residents of the school district shall compromise the committee. No one category of member shall constitute more than one-fifth of the membership of the committee,except that parents may comprise more than 1/5th of the members of their committee. No more than 1/4 of the members of the committee may be made up of employees of the school district or their spouses.
 

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School Health Program Coordinators
     Last Updated: 8/18/2008

School-level: No state policy.

Local-level: No state policy.

Confidentiality
     Last Updated: 8/21/2008

Student Health-Related Records: Statute 118.125 (1999) requires all pupil records, including records of administered medications, maintained by public schools to be kept confidential unless written consent from the parent or guardian is given. School boards are required to adopt regulations pursuant to this law. This statute also excludes from the definition of pupil records any records necessary for and available only to persons involved in the psychological treatment of a student.

Statute 146.81 (1999) defines patient health records and requires higher standards for access and storage of student patient healthcare records

Student Health-Related Services: Statute 118.126 (1987) requires pupil services professionals and other school staff designated by the school board as part of the school district's alcohol and other drug program activities to keep confidential a disclosure related to alcohol or other drug use by a student. Exceptions include written waiver of confidentiality by the student or belief on the part of the service professional that the student is in imminent and serious danger as a result of the drug or alcohol use.

Limitations on Student Surveys
     Last Updated: 2/19/2006
No state policy.
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