The department shall establish a morning milk program. A school participating in the program shall offer each eligible child a half-pint of Wisconsin-produced whole milk, 2% milk, 1.5% milk, one percent milk, 0.5% milk, skim milk or chocolate milk on each day in which school is in session. If a child is allergic to milk or has metabolic disorders or other conditions which prohibit him or her from drinking milk, the child shall be offered juice as a substitute. Any school that participates in the program is encouraged to consider bids from local milk suppliers. The school shall keep all information related to the identity of the pupils who receive a beverage under the program confidential. In this subsection, "Wisconsin-produced" means that all or part of the raw milk used by the milk processor was produced in this state.
A child who is enrolled in a school in prekindergarten classes to grade 5 is eligible to receive a beverage specified in sub. (1)
if all of the following apply:
The child does not receive the beverage through the federal special milk program under 42 USC 1772
The child meets the income eligibility standard for a free or reduced-price lunch in the federal school lunch program under 42 USC 1758
The department shall pay each participating school the full cost of beverages under sub. (1)
served to children eligible under sub. (2)
in the prior school year from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (cp)
If the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (cp)
in any fiscal year is insufficient to pay the full amount of aid under this section, state aid payments shall be prorated among the schools entitled to such aid.
The department shall maintain a count of the number of children who are served beverages under this section.
History: 1987 a. 27
; 1991 a. 39
Nutritional improvement for elderly. 115.345(1)
Any school district approved by the state superintendent may establish a system to provide the opportunity for authorized elderly persons to participate in its school lunch program. If a school board desires to establish such a service, it shall develop a plan for the provision of food services for elderly persons and submit the plan to the state superintendent. Upon petition of 5% of the voters in the school district who voted in the last school board election, the school board shall formulate a food services plan, provided that hot food service facilities are available to school children in the district.
Each plan shall provide at least one meal per day for each day that school is in regular session. The school board may provide additional service at other times in its discretion, if the number of eligible persons in the district or adjacent districts is of sufficient size, in the opinion of the state superintendent, so that unwarranted production expense is not incurred.
Any school board which operates a food services plan for elderly persons under this section shall make facilities available for service to elderly persons at every high school and junior high school in the district which provides hot food service to its students. Upon application, the state superintendent may grant exceptions from compliance with this subsection for reasons of safety, convenience or insufficient interest in a given neighborhood. The school board may, in addition, provide service at elementary schools if desired.
Meals may be served at schools where they are served to students or at any site more convenient to the majority of authorized elderly persons interested in the service. Food may be transported to authorized elderly persons who are unable to leave their homes or distributed to nonprofit organizations for such purposes. However, no state funds under this section may be used for food delivery to individual homes. The state superintendent may require consolidation of programs between districts and between schools if such a procedure will be convenient and economical.
The school board may file a claim with the department for reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred, excluding capital equipment costs, but not to exceed 15% of the cost of the meal or 50 cents per meal, whichever is less. Any cost in excess of the lesser amount may be charged to participants. If the department approves the claim, it shall certify that payment is due and the state treasurer shall pay the claim from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (cn)
All meals served must meet the approval of the state superintendent who shall establish minimum nutritional standards not inconsistent with federal standards and reasonable expenditure limits such that the average cost per meal is not excessive. The state superintendent shall give special consideration to dietary problems of elderly persons in formulating a nutritional plan. However, no school board shall be required to provide special foods for individual persons with allergies or medical disorders.
Participants in a program under this section may be required to document their Wisconsin residency in a manner approved by the department. The state superintendent may issue identification cards to such persons if necessary.
A private school may establish a food services plan for elderly persons. If the plan meets all of the requirements of this section and is approved by the state superintendent, the private school is eligible for reimbursement in the same manner as school districts under sub. (5)
The state superintendent shall adopt reasonable rules necessary to implement this section.
In this section, "authorized elderly person" means any resident of the state who is 60 years of age or more, or the spouse of any such person. A school board may admit nonresident persons who would otherwise qualify into its program except that no state funds under this section may be used to subsidize any portion of the meals served to such persons.
Direct certification of eligibility for school nutrition programs. 115.347(1)(1)
Beginning in the 1994-95 school year, a school board may submit enrollment data to the department of workforce development for the purpose of directly certifying children as eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the federal school nutrition programs. The department of workforce development shall prescribe a format for the report.
Whenever a school district that is located in whole or in part in a county that has converted to the client assistance for reemployment and economic support data system submits a report under sub. (1)
in the prescribed format, the department of workforce development shall determine which children enrolled in the school district are members of Wisconsin works groups participating under s. 49.147 (3)
or of families receiving aid to families with dependent children or food stamps and shall provide the information to the school board as soon thereafter as possible. The school board shall use the information to directly certify children as eligible for free or reduced-price meals served by the school district under federal school nutrition programs, pursuant to 42 USC 1758
(b) (2) (C) (ii) and (iii).
The state superintendent shall assist school boards in developing a method for submitting enrollment data to the department of workforce development under sub. (1)
Health problems education program. 115.35(1)
A critical health problems education program is established in the department. The program shall be a systematic and integrated program designed to provide appropriate learning experiences based on scientific knowledge of the human organism as it functions within its environment and designed to favorably influence the health, understanding, attitudes and practices of the individual child which will enable him or her to adapt to changing health problems of our society. The program shall be designed to educate youth with regard to critical health problems and shall include, but not be limited to, the following topics as the basis for comprehensive education curricula in all elementary and secondary schools: controlled substances, as defined in s. 961.01 (4)
; controlled substance analogs, as defined in s. 961.01 (4m)
; alcohol; tobacco; mental health; sexually transmitted diseases, including acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; human growth and development; and related health and safety topics. Participation in the human growth and development topic of the curricula shall be entirely voluntary. The department may not require a school board to use a specific human growth and development curriculum.
In carrying out this section, the state superintendent may, without limitation because of enumeration:
Establish guidelines to help school districts develop comprehensive health education programs.
Establish special in-service programs to provide professional preparation in health education for teachers throughout the state.
Provide leadership institutions of higher education to develop and extend curricula in health education for professional preparation in both in-service and preservice programs.
Develop cooperative programs between school districts and institutions of higher education whereby the appropriate health personnel of such institutions would be available to guide the continuing professional preparation of teachers and the development of curricula for local programs.
Assist in the development of plans and procedures for the evaluation of health education curricula.
The department may appoint a council consisting of representatives from universities and colleges, law enforcement, the various fields of education, the voluntary health agencies, the department of health and family services, the professional health associations and other groups or agencies it deems appropriate to advise it on the implementation of this section, including teachers, administrators and local school boards.
The department shall cooperate with agencies of the federal government and receive and use federal funds for the purposes of this section.
As to the scope and nature of programs undertaken under this section.
As to the degree and nature of cooperation being maintained with other state and local agencies.
As to the state superintendent's recommendations to improve such programs and cooperation.
Assistance to schools for instruction on adoption.
The department shall annually and upon request disseminate to appropriate public school staff information about materials and services available through the state adoption center under s. 48.55
which may serve as resources for instruction on adoption for pupils in grades kindergarten through 12.
History: 1997 a. 104
; 1999 a. 9
Assistance to schools for alcohol and other drug abuse programs. 115.36(1)(1)
The purpose of this section is to enable and encourage public and private schools to develop comprehensive programs to prevent or ameliorate alcohol and other drug abuse among minors.
Develop and conduct training programs for the professional staff of public and private schools in alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, intervention and instruction programs.
Provide consultation and technical assistance to public and private schools for the development and implementation of alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, intervention and instruction programs.
Provide fellowship grants to support advanced training or education in comprehensive school health and alcohol and other drug abuse education.
Provide access to informational resources for alcohol and other drug abuse education programs and services including, but not limited to:
The screening, revision and evaluation of available information resources.
The establishment of a central depository and loan program for high cost informational resources.
The systematic dissemination of information concerning available resources to appropriate public and private school staff.
Create a council under s. 15.04 (1) (c)
to advise the department concerning the administration of this section.
The department shall, from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (kd)
, fund school district projects designed to assist minors experiencing problems resulting from the use of alcohol or other drugs or to prevent alcohol or other drug abuse by minors. The department shall:
Administer grant application and disbursement of funds.
Promulgate necessary rules for the implementation of this subsection.
Grants under this subsection may not be used to replace funding available from other sources.
Grants under this subsection may be made only where there is a matching fund contribution from the local area in which a program is designed to operate of 20% of the amount of the grant obtained under this subsection. Private funds and in-kind contribution may be applied to meet the requirement of this paragraph.
A school district applying for aid under this subsection shall submit a copy of the application to the county department under s. 51.42
for its advisory review. The county department under s. 51.42
may, and the council established under sub. (2) (e)
shall, submit an advisory recommendation with respect to the application to the department prior to the approval or denial of the application.
Alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and intervention programs. 115.361(1)
A school board may apply to the department for a grant to fund an alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and intervention program. The department shall pay grants awarded under this section from the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (dm)
and shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this section.
The department shall collect and analyze information about the programs funded under this section, evaluate their effectiveness and submit a report of the evaluation to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3)
and to the governor by July 1, 2000, and biennially by July 1 thereafter.
Head start supplement.
From the appropriations under s. 20.255 (2) (eh)
, the state superintendent shall distribute funds to agencies determined by the state superintendent to be eligible for designation as head start agencies under 42 USC 9836
to provide comprehensive health, educational, nutritional, social and other services to economically disadvantaged children and their families. The state superintendent shall distribute the funds in a manner consistent with 42 USC 9831
except that there is no matching fund requirement. The state superintendent shall give preference in funding under this section to agencies that are receiving federal funds under 42 USC 9831
and to agencies that operate full-time or early head start programs. Funds distributed under this section may be used to match available federal funds under 42 USC 9831
only if the funds are used to secure additional federal funds for the purposes under this section.
History: 1989 a. 122
; 1991 a. 39
; Stats. 1991 s. 115.3615; 1995 a. 27
s. 9145 (1)
; 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 9
Assistance to schools for suicide prevention programs. 115.365(1)(1)
The purpose of this section is to enable and encourage public and private schools to develop programs designed to prevent suicide among minors.
The department, in conjunction with the department of health and family services, shall:
Develop and conduct training programs in suicide prevention for the professional staff of public and private schools and county departments under ss. 46.215
. The programs shall include information on how to assist minors in the positive emotional development which will help prevent suicidal tendencies; the detection, by minors, school staff and parents, of conditions which indicate suicidal tendencies; the proper action to take when there is reason to believe that a minor has suicidal tendencies or is contemplating suicide; and the coordination of school suicide prevention programs and activities with the suicide prevention and intervention programs and activities of other state and local agencies. Persons other than the professional staff of public and private schools and county departments under ss. 46.215
may attend the training programs. The department may charge such persons a fee sufficient to cover the increased costs to the department of their participation in the programs.
Provide consultation and technical assistance to public and private schools for the development and implementation of suicide prevention programs and the coordination of those programs with the suicide prevention and intervention programs of other state and local agencies.
Alternative education grants. 115.366(1)
From the appropriation under s. 20.255 (2) (cf)
, the department shall award grants to school districts and consortia of school districts for alternative education programs, as defined by the department by rule. The department shall encourage rural school districts and consortia of school districts to apply for grants under this section.
The department shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this section.
History: 1999 a. 9
Assistance to schools for protective behaviors programs. 115.368(1)(1)
The purpose of this section is to enable and encourage public and private schools to develop protective behaviors programs and anti-offender behavior programs designed to assist minors and their parents or guardians in recognizing, avoiding, preventing and halting physically or psychologically intrusive or abusive situations that may be harmful to minors.
The department, in conjunction with the department of health and family services, and after consulting with established organizations providing services with a focus on children of risk, shall:
Develop and conduct protective behaviors training programs for the professional staff of public and private schools and counties under ss. 46.034
. The training programs shall include information on how to assist a minor and his or her parent or guardian in recognizing, avoiding, preventing and halting physically or psychologically intrusive or abusive situations that may be harmful to the minor, including child abuse, sexual abuse and child enticement. The training programs shall emphasize how to help minors to develop positive psychological, emotional and problem-solving responses to such situations, and to avoid relying on negative, fearful or solely reactive methods of dealing with such situations. The training programs shall also include information on the detection, by other minors, their parents or guardians and school staff, of conditions that indicate that a minor is being or has been subjected to such situations; the proper action to take when there is reason to believe that a minor is being or has been subjected to such situations; and the coordination of school protective behaviors programs and activities with programs and activities of other state and local agencies. Persons other than the professional staff of public and private schools and counties under ss. 46.034
may attend the training programs. The department may charge such persons a fee sufficient to cover the increased costs of materials, but not personnel cost, to the department of their participation in the programs. The department may not deny any resident of Wisconsin the opportunity to participate in a program if the person is unable to pay any fee.
Provide consultation and technical assistance to public and private schools for the development and implementation of protective behaviors programs and the coordination of those programs with programs of other state and local agencies.
Blind and visual impairment education council. 115.37(1)(a)
"Council" means the blind and visual impairment education council.