118.38 118.38 Waivers of laws and rules.
118.38(1)(1)
118.38(1)(a) (a) A school board may request the department to waive any school board or school district requirement in chs. 115 to 121 or in the administrative rules promulgated by the department under the authority of those chapters, except for statutes or rules related to any of the following:
118.38(1)(a)1. 1. The health or safety of pupils.
118.38(1)(a)2. 2. Pupil discrimination under s. 118.13.
118.38(1)(a)3. 3. The pupil assessment program under s. 118.30 and the standardized reading test required under s. 121.02 (1) (r).
118.38(1)(a)4. 4. Pupil records under s. 118.125.
118.38(1)(a)5. 5. The collection of data by the department.
118.38(1)(a)6. 6. The uniform financial fund accounting system under ss. 115.28 (13) and 115.30 (1) and audits of school district accounts under s. 120.14.
118.38(1)(a)7. 7. Licensure or certification under s. 115.28 (7) or (7m) other than the licensure of the school district administrator or business manager.
118.38(1)(a)8. 8. The commencement of the school term under s. 118.045.
118.38(1)(a)9. 9. The requirements established for achievement guarantee contracts under s. 118.43 and for achievement gap reduction contracts under s. 118.44.
118.38(1)(b) (b) Before requesting a waiver, the school board shall hold a public hearing in the school district on the request.
118.38(1m) (1m)The school board shall specify in its request for a waiver its reason for requesting the waiver.
118.38(2) (2)
118.38(2)(am)(am) In determining whether to grant a waiver under sub. (1), the department shall consider all of the following factors and may consider additional factors:
118.38(2)(am)1. 1. Whether the requirement impedes progress toward achieving a local improvement plan developed under sec. 309 (a) (3) of P.L. 103-227.
118.38(2)(am)2. 2. If the school board has adopted educational goals for the school district, whether the requirement impedes progress toward achieving the goals.
118.38(2)(bm) (bm) The department shall promulgate rules establishing criteria for waiving the requirement to schedule at least the number of hours of direct pupil instruction specified under s. 121.02 (1) (f) if school is closed for a reason specified in s. 115.01 (10) (b) or (c).
118.38(3) (3)A waiver granted under sub. (2) is effective for 4 years. The department shall renew the waiver for additional 4-year periods if the school board has evaluated the educational and financial effects of the waiver over the previous 4-year period, except that the department is not required to renew a waiver if the department determines that the school district is not making adequate progress toward improving pupil academic performance.
118.38(4) (4)
118.38(4)(a)(a) Beginning on the first day of the public health emergency declared on March 12, 2020, by executive order 72, and ending on October 31, 2020, the department may do all of the following:
118.38(4)(a)1. 1. Waive any requirement in chs. 115 to 121 or the administrative rules promulgated by the department under the authority of those chapters related to any of the following:
118.38(4)(a)1.a. a. A program under s. 115.7915, 118.60, or 119.23.
118.38(4)(a)1.b. b. A private school participating in a program under s. 115.7915, 118.60, or 119.23.
118.38(4)(a)1.c. c. A charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x), including any requirement related to an authorizer, governing board, or operator of a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x).
118.38(4)(a)2. 2. Establish an alternate deadline for any requirement related to a program under s. 115.7915, 118.60, or 119.23 in chs. 115 to 121 and any requirement related to a program under s. 115.7915, 118.60, or 119.23 in the administrative rules promulgated by the department under the authority of chs. 115 to 121 if the original deadline is any of the following:
118.38(4)(a)2.a. a. A deadline that occurs during the period beginning on the first day of the public health emergency declared on March 12, 2020, by executive order 72, and ending on October 31, 2020.
118.38(4)(a)2.b. b. A deadline for a requirement that affects a date during the period beginning on the first day of the public health emergency declared on March 12, 2020, by executive order 72, and ending on October 31, 2020.
118.38(4)(b)1.1. The department shall notify the legislative reference bureau of each waiver under par. (a) 1. and alternate deadline established under par. (a) 2. The legislative reference bureau shall publish a notice in the Wisconsin Administrative Register of the waiver or alternate deadline.
118.38(4)(b)2. 2. The department shall post each waiver under par. (a) 1. and alternate deadline established under par. (a) 2. on the department's Internet site.
118.38(4)(c) (c) A waiver under par. (a) 1. applies only to the 2019-20 school year.
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2019-20 Wisconsin Statutes updated through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on February 16, 2021. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after February 16, 2021, are designated by NOTES. (Published 2-16-21)