A school board, a governing board of a charter school established under s. 118.40 (2r) or (2x), or a governing body of a private school may create a work based learning program for pupils in grades 9 to 12. A school board or governing body that creates a work based learning program under this section shall create the program to do all of the following:

Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 118.56

  • 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.
  • State: when applied to states of the United States, includes the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the several territories organized by Congress. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • Week: means 7 consecutive days. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed; "year" alone means "year of our Lord". See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
   (1)   Require a pupil in the program to work at least 280 hours per school year for an employer that complies with sub. (3). Hours of instruction may not be used to satisfy the work requirements under this subsection. Hours that fulfill the work requirements under this subsection shall be counted as hours of direct pupil instruction, as provided under ss. 118.60 (2) (a) 8. and 119.23 (2) (a) 8.
   (2)   Require a pupil to complete the required work hours by working no fewer than 40 and no more than 50 days per school year, by working no fewer than 6 and no more than 8 hours per day, and by working no more than 2 days per week.
   (3)   Require that an employer who participates in the program do all of the following:
      (a)    Comply with state laws relating to the employment of minors and any applicable federal labor law requirements for age and immigration status.
      (b)    Provide each pupil with occupational training and work based learning experiences.
      (c)    Provide each pupil with at least 30 hours of training while employing the pupil.
      (d)    Provide each pupil with a mentor who supervises the pupil’s work and provides the pupil with a year-end evaluation.
      (e)    Provide a year-end evaluation to the pupil.
   (4)   Provide transportation to and from the workplace at no cost to the pupil or the pupil’s family.
   (5)   In determining eligibility for the program, allow the school board or governing body to require a pupil to demonstrate employability through an interview process, teacher recommendations, or previous work, internship, or volunteer experience.
   (6)   Require that a pupil who wishes to participate in the program enter into a signed agreement with the participating school and the pupil’s parent or guardian.