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Another WASB webinar scheduled to address latest COVID-19 developments

by | Mar 25, 2020 | Legislative Update Blog, WASB | 0 comments

We have scheduled a WASB webinar about developments related to COVID-19 for Thursday, March 26 at 11 a.m. 

WASB attorneys will be answering some of their most commonly received questions, especially about the process to request a DPI waiver for instructional hours (link goes to form to request waivers) and the governor’s safer-at-home order

The order requires all people in Wisconsin to stay home or at their place of residence, except for specific functions and activities defined in the order. It is effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 25 until Friday, April 24 or until a superseding order is issued. WASB staff are currently reviewing the specifics of the order and will provide additional information regarding its application to school boards and districts as soon as the information can be clarified.

Tuesday’s additions to the WASB COVID-19 resource page include:

Statewide School Closure and Other Emergency Orders tab:

  • The DPI is now able to approve instructional hour waiver requests following district submission of a simple form. School boards are reminded that they will still need to hold a public hearing, as per state law (section 118.38(1)(b) of the state statutes) and document the date of the public hearing to receive a waiver. The public hearing can be virtual or by teleconference. The DPI guidance related to public hearings for requesting waivers reminds districts to remain attentive to Open Meetings Law concerns, as further covered in guidance issued by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (see the March 16 advisory and a related supplement issued on March 21). Refer to the DPI’s website for additional information regarding instructional hours and related waivers.
  • According to a new emergency order issued by DHS Secretary Andrea Palm on March 24, 2020, child care settings shall prioritize care for families as: (1) Tier 1 – employees, contractors, and other support staff working in health care; (2) Tier 2 – employees, contractors, and other staff in vital areas including but not limited to military; long term care; residential care; pharmacies; child care; child welfare; government operations; public safety and critical infrastructure such as sanitation, transportation, utilities, telecommunications; grocery and food services; supply chain operations; and other sectors as determined by the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families. 

Mental Health tab:

WASB Video Legal Updates tab:

We have added several clips from the Friday, March 20 video webinar addressing specific topics, including:

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