(1) In this section, “school” means a public school and includes a charter school other than a charter school under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x).
Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 118.035
- Following: when used by way of reference to any statute section, means the section next following that in which the reference is made. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
- Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
(2) A school board may adopt a policy that requires all pupils enrolled in school in the school district, or all pupils enrolled in one or more schools in the school district, to wear a uniform while in school or while under the supervision of a school authority.
(3) If a school board adopts a policy under sub. (2), it shall do all of the following:
(a) Establish a method whereby the parent or guardian of a pupil enrolled in a school in which the policy is in effect may exempt his or her child from complying with the policy.
(b) Ensure that no pupil is penalized academically or otherwise discriminated against because the pupil’s parent or guardian has chosen to exempt the pupil from complying with the policy.
(c) Notify each parent or guardian of a pupil enrolled in a school in which the policy will be implemented of the policy at least 3 months before the school board implements the policy.
(d) Assist economically disadvantaged pupils to obtain the uniforms.
(4) The requirements under sub. (3) do not apply to any school board that has in effect on September 1, 2001, a school uniform policy for pupils enrolled in a school in the school district and has had such a policy in effect continuously since that date.
(5) By July 1, 2005, the department shall submit a report to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3). The report shall address all of the following issues relating to the imposition of school uniforms by school boards:
(a) Methods of encouraging the involvement of the parents or guardians of pupils enrolled in a school district in a school board’s decision to require school uniforms.
(b) The ability of pupils to obtain the uniforms.
(c) The effect of the imposition of the requirement on crime in the school, including weapons possession, assault, battery, and vandalism, and on pupil suspensions and expulsions.
(6) Nothing in this section affects the authority of a school board to require pupils to wear uniforms for extracurricular activities, and the provisions of sub. (3) do not apply to such a requirement.