When school districts hire individuals as coaches who are already serving as employees of those districts, concerns regarding the payment of such employees often arise.  Because of those concerns, many school districts avoid such dual-employment relationships unless the coaches also serve as teachers.  This Legal Update provides information related to the general requirements of the…

The Public School Student Regular Open Enrollment application period for the 2022-23 school year opened on February 7, 2022, and will remain open until 4:00 PM on April 29, 2022.  Open enrollment affords parents/guardians an opportunity to apply for their children to attend public school in a nonresident district tuition free.  Under the open enrollment…

When school districts enter into a Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) Organization Security and Confidentiality Agreement (Confidentiality Agreement) with the Department of Health Services (DHS), authorized users are afforded certain rights and responsibilities.  This article focuses on the rights of school districts in accessing and using student COVID-19 vaccination data located on the WIR.  In addition,…

Amidst the season of giving, this article comes as a reminder regarding the obligations school districts have with respect to receiving donations from booster clubs or other support organizations.  While Wis. Stat. § 118.27(2) allows school boards to receive donations from booster clubs or other support organizations, the subsection creates a potential conflict with Title…

Wisconsin Statute Section 120.08(1) dictates that common and union high school districts hold annual meetings of their electors.  Many annual meetings are taking place this month when there is significant controversy over school districts’ COVID-19 protocols. Electors within those school districts serve an important role in their annual meetings by having the authority to exercise…

On July 27, 2021, the United States Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) begins the 2020 EEO-5 data collection via the EEO-5 Online Filing System at https://EEOCdata.org/eeo5. Pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), all public elementary and secondary school districts with one-hundred (100) or more employees (Eligible School Districts),…

April 17, 2021 marks the start of the turkey hunting season in Wisconsin.  The season kicks off with a special youth hunting weekend during which those who are 15 years of age or younger are permitted to hunt, provided they are accompanied by an adult and hold a valid license, stamp, and harvest authorization.  The…

Employers have until tomorrow, February 19, 2021, to seek relief of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit charging for any COVID-19 related unemployment claims.  Both contributing employers (i.e., employers who finance their UI liability by submitting a quarterly tax to the DWD) and reimbursable employers (i.e., government units or nonprofits that do not submit a quarterly tax…