Date of enactment: June 3, 1998
1997 Assembly Bill 686 Date of publication*: June 17, 1998
* Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes 1995-96: Effective date of acts. "Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication as designated" by the secretary of state [the date of publication may not be more than 10 working days after the date of enactment].
1997 WISCONSIN ACT 239
An Act to repeal 118.16 (1) (a) 2., 118.162 (2) (intro.) and (a), 118.162 (3) (c) and 118.162 (5); to renumber 118.125 (2) (c), 118.15 (5) (b), 938.17 (2) (i) 2. and 938.355 (6m) (a) 1.; to renumber and amend 118.15 (5) (a), 118.162 (2) (b), 118.163 (2m), 938.17 (2) (i) 3. and 938.342 (1); to consolidate, renumber and amend 118.16 (1) (a) (intro.) and 1. and 118.162 (3) (intro.), (a) and (b); to amend 103.72 (2), 118.125 (2) (cg), 118.125 (2) (j), 118.15 (5) (am), 118.16 (2) (cg) 3., 118.16 (5m), 118.16 (6) (a) (intro.), 118.162 (1) (intro.), 118.163 (2) (a), 118.163 (2) (b), 118.163 (2) (d), 118.163 (2) (f), 895.035 (2m) (b), 938.06 (5), 938.125 (2), 938.13 (6), 938.17 (2) (a) 1., 938.17 (2) (g), 938.17 (2) (h) 1., 938.17 (2) (i) 1., 938.245 (5), 938.275 (1) (c), 938.32 (1) (a), 938.32 (1t) (a) 1., 938.342 (1m) (a), 938.342 (1m) (b), 938.342 (2) (a), 938.342 (2) (b), 938.355 (6) (a), 938.355 (6) (an) 1., 938.355 (6m) (title), 938.355 (6m) (a) (intro.), 938.355 (6m) (b) and 938.355 (6m) (c); to repeal and recreate 49.26 (1) (a) 1., 118.163 (1) (b) and 118.163 (3); and to create 118.125 (2) (c) 2., 118.15 (3) (c), 118.15 (5) (a) 1. a. and b., 118.15 (5) (a) 2., 118.15 (5) (b) 2., 118.162 (1) (j) to (L), 118.162 (4m), 118.163 (1) (c), 118.163 (1) (d), 118.163 (1m), 118.163 (2) (g) to (k), 118.163 (2m) (b), 118.163 (4), 938.17 (2) (i) 2m., 938.17 (2) (i) 4m., 938.245 (2v), 938.32 (1v), 938.342 (1d), 938.342 (1g) (g) to (j), 938.342 (1m) (am), 938.355 (6m) (a) 1g., 938.355 (6m) (ag) and 938.355 (6m) (am) of the statutes; relating to: compulsory school attendance, truancy, habitual truancy, the penalties for contributing to truancy, truancy planning committees and school district truancy plans.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
239,1 Section 1. 49.26 (1) (a) 1. of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read:
49.26 (1) (a) 1. "Habitual truant" has the meaning given in s. 118.16 (1) (a).
239,2 Section 2. 103.72 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
103.72 (2) Whenever it appears to the department that a permit has been improperly or illegally issued, or that the physical or moral welfare or school attendance of the minor would be best served by the revocation of the permit or that the failing school performance of the minor would be remedied by the revocation of the permit, the department may immediately, without notice, revoke the permit. The department shall revoke a permit if ordered to do so under s. 938.342 (1) (1g) (e). If the department revokes a permit, the department shall, by registered mail, notify the person employing the minor and the minor holding the permit of the revocation. Upon receipt of the notice, the employer employing the minor shall immediately return the revoked permit to the department and discontinue the employment of the minor.
239,3 Section 3. 118.125 (2) (c) of the statutes is renumbered 118.125 (2) (c) 1.
239,4 Section 4. 118.125 (2) (c) 2. of the statutes is created to read:
118.125 (2) (c) 2. Names of dropouts shall be provided to a court in response to an order under s. 118.163 (2m) (b).
239,5m Section 5m. 118.125 (2) (cg) of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act .... (Assembly Bill 410), is amended to read:
118.125 (2) (cg) The school district clerk or his or her designee shall provide a law enforcement agency with a copy of a pupil's attendance record if the law enforcement agency certifies in writing that the pupil is under investigation for truancy or for allegedly committing a criminal or delinquent act and that the law enforcement agency will not further disclose the pupil's attendance record except as permitted under s. 938.396 (1) to (1x). A school district clerk or designee who discloses a copy of a pupil's attendance record to a law enforcement agency for purposes of a truancy investigation shall notify the pupil's parent or guardian of that disclosure as soon as practicable after that disclosure.
239,6 Section 6. 118.125 (2) (j) of the statutes is amended to read:
118.125 (2) (j) 1. Except as provided under subds. 2. and 3., directory data may be disclosed to any person, if the school has notified the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem of the categories of information which it has designated as directory data with respect to each pupil, has informed the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem of that pupil that he or she has 14 days to inform the school that all or any part of the directory data may not be released without the prior consent of the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem and has allowed 14 days for the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem of that pupil to inform the school that all or any part of the directory data may not be released without the prior consent of the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem.
2. If a school has notified the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem that a pupil's name and address has been designated as directory data, has informed the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem of the pupil that he or she has 14 days to inform the school that the pupil's name and address may not be released without the prior consent of the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem, has allowed 14 days for the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem of the pupil to inform the school that the pupil's name and address may not be released without the prior consent of the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem and the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem has not so informed the school, the school district clerk or his or her designee, upon request, shall provide a technical college district board with the name and address of each such pupil who is expected to graduate from high school in the current school year.
3. If a school has notified the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem of the information that it has designated as directory data with respect to any pupil, the school has informed the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem of the pupil that he or she has 14 days to inform the school that such information may not be released without the prior consent of the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem, has allowed 14 days for the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem of the pupil to inform the school that such information may not be released without the prior consent of the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem and the parent, legal guardian or guardian ad litem has not so informed the school, the school district clerk or his or her designee, upon request, shall provide any representative of a law enforcement agency, as defined in s. 165.83 (1) (b), district attorney, city attorney or corporation counsel, county department under s. 46.215, 46.22 or 46.23 or a court of record or municipal court with such information relating to any such pupil enrolled in the school district for the purpose of enforcing that pupil's school attendance, investigating alleged criminal or delinquent activity by the pupil or responding to a health or safety emergency.
239,8 Section 8. 118.15 (3) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
118.15 (3) (c) Any child excused in writing by his or her parent or guardian before the absence. The school board shall require a child excused under this paragraph to complete any course work missed during the absence. A child may not be excused for more than 10 days in a school year under this paragraph.
239,10 Section 10. 118.15 (5) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 118.15 (5) (a) 1. (intro.) and amended to read:
118.15 (5) (a) 1. (intro.) Except as provided under par. (b) or if a person has been found guilty of a misdemeanor under s. 948.45, whoever violates this section may be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than 30 days or both penalized as follows, if evidence has been provided by the school attendance officer that the activities under s. 118.16 (5) have been completed or were not required to be completed due to the child's absence from school as provided in s. 118.16 (5m). In a prosecution under this paragraph, if the defendant proves that he or she is unable to comply with the law because of the disobedience of the child, the action shall be dismissed and the child shall be referred to the court assigned to exercise jurisdiction under chs. 48 and 938.:
239,11 Section 11. 118.15 (5) (a) 1. a. and b. of the statutes are created to read:
118.15 (5) (a) 1. a. For the first offense, by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for not more than 30 days or both.
b. For a 2nd or subsequent offense, by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days or both.
239,12 Section 12. 118.15 (5) (a) 2. of the statutes is created to read:
118.15 (5) (a) 2. The court may require a person who is subject to subd. 1. to perform community service work for a public agency or a nonprofit charitable organization in lieu of the penalties specified under subd. 1. Any organization or agency to which a defendant is assigned pursuant to an order under this subdivision acting in good faith has immunity from any civil liability in excess of $25,000 for any act or omission by or impacting on the defendant.
239,13 Section 13. 118.15 (5) (am) of the statutes is amended to read:
118.15 (5) (am) The court may order any person who violates this section to participate in counseling at the person's own expense or to attend school with his or her child, or both.
239,14 Section 14. 118.15 (5) (b) of the statutes is renumbered 118.15 (5) (b) 1.
239,15 Section 15. 118.15 (5) (b) 2. of the statutes is created to read:
118.15 (5) (b) 2. In a prosecution under par. (a), if the defendant proves that he or she is unable to comply with the law because of the disobedience of the child, the action shall be dismissed and the child shall be referred to the court assigned to exercise jurisdiction under ch. 48.
239,16 Section 16. 118.16 (1) (a) (intro.) and 1. of the statutes are consolidated, renumbered 118.16 (1) (a) and amended to read:
118.16 (1) (a) "Habitual truant" means a pupil who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse under sub. (4) and s. 118.15 for either of the following: 1. Part part or all of 5 or more days out of 10 consecutive days on which school is held during a school semester.
239,17 Section 17. 118.16 (1) (a) 2. of the statutes is repealed.
239,19 Section 19. 118.16 (2) (cg) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
118.16 (2) (cg) 3. A request that the parent or guardian meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss the child's truancy. The notice shall include the name of the school personnel with whom the parent or guardian should meet, a date, time and place for the meeting and the name, address and telephone number of a person to contact to arrange a different date, time or place. The date for the meeting shall be within 5 school days after the date that the notice is sent, except that with the consent of the child's parent or guardian the date for the meeting may be extended for an additional 5 school days.
239,21 Section 21. 118.16 (5m) of the statutes is amended to read:
118.16 (5m) Subsection (5) (a) does not apply if a meeting under sub. (2) (cg) 3. is not held within 10 school days after the date that the notice under sub. (2) (cg) is sent. Subsection (5) (b), (c) and (d) does not apply if the school attendance officer provides evidence that appropriate school personnel were unable to carry out the activity due to the child's absences from school.
239,21m Section 21m. 118.16 (6) (a) (intro.) of the statutes, as affected by 1997 Wisconsin Act .... (Assembly Bill 410), is amended to read:
118.16 (6) (a) (intro.) If the school attendance officer receives evidence that activities under sub. (5) have been completed or were not required to be completed due to the child's absence from school as provided in sub. (5m), the school attendance officer may do any of the following:
239,23 Section 23. 118.162 (1) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
118.162 (1) (intro.) On July 1, 1988 At least once every 4 years, in each county, the superintendent school district administrator of the school district which contains the county seat designated under s. 59.05, or his or her designee, shall convene a committee under this section. At its first meeting, the committee shall elect a chairperson, vice chairperson and secretary. Not later than February 1, 1989, the committee shall to review and make recommendations to the school boards of all of the school districts in the county on the items to be included in revisions to the school districts' truancy plans under sub. (4) (4m). The committee shall consist of the following members:
239,23m Section 23m. 118.162 (1) (j) to (L) of the statutes are created to read:
118.162 (1) (j) A parent of a pupil enrolled in a private school, who resides in a school district in the county, designated by the county board.
(k) A parent of a pupil enrolled in a public school, who resides in a school district in the county, designated by the county board.
(L) A parent of a pupil enrolled in a home-based private educational program, who resides in a school district in the county, designated by the county board.
239,24 Section 24. 118.162 (2) (intro.) and (a) of the statutes are repealed.
239,25 Section 25. 118.162 (2) (b) of the statutes is renumbered 118.162 (2) and amended to read:
118.162 (2) The district attorney representative on the committee shall participate in reviewing and developing any recommendations regarding revisions to the portions of the plan school districts' plans under sub. (4) (e).
239,26 Section 26. 118.162 (3) (intro.), (a) and (b) of the statutes are consolidated, renumbered 118.162 (3) and amended to read:
118.162 (3) The committee shall write a report to accompany the recommendations under sub. (1). The report shall include all of the following: (a) A a description of the factors that contribute to truancy in the county. (b) Identification and a description of any state statutes, municipal ordinances or school or, social services, law enforcement, district attorney, court or other policies that contribute to or inhibit the response to truancy in the county. A copy of the report shall be submitted to each of the entities identified in sub. (1) (b) to (h) and any other entity designating members on the committee under sub. (1) (i).
239,27 Section 27. 118.162 (3) (c) of the statutes is repealed.
239,28 Section 28. 118.162 (4m) of the statutes is created to read:
118.162 (4m) At least once every 2 years, each school board shall review and, if appropriate, revise the truancy plan adopted by the school board under sub. (4).
239,29 Section 29. 118.162 (5) of the statutes is repealed.
239,30 Section 30. 118.163 (1) (b) of the statutes is repealed and recreated to read:
118.163 (1) (b) "Habitual truant" has the meaning given in s. 118.16 (1) (a).
239,31 Section 31. 118.163 (1) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
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