Wisconsin Administrative Code
Department of Public Instruction
Chapter PI 48 - Racine And Wisconsin Parental Choice Programs
Section PI 48.06 - School year enrollment

Universal Citation: WI Admin Code ยง PI 48.06

Current through February 26, 2024

(1) APPLICATION ACCEPTANCE. A school may not accept pupil applications until the school has completed all of the following:

(a) The school has filed with the department its notice of intent to participate for the following school year required under s. PI 48.03(3) or a new private school has submitted the information required under s. PI 48.04(2).

(b) The department has approved the school's plan for randomly selecting pupils to participate in the choice program or the school has adopted the random selection agreement provided by the department as set forth under s. PI 48.03(3) (a) or 48.04(2) (a).

(c) The school has paid the nonrefundable auditor fee required under s. 118.60(2) (a) 3, Stats., or s. PI 48.04(3).

(2) APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY AND VERIFICATION.

(a) A school participating in the Racine parental choice program shall make application eligibility determinations based on the requirements in s. PI 48.05. The determinations shall be made prior to random selection, prior to the next application period, within 60 days after the school receives the application, or prior to the next count date, whichever occurs first. The school shall also verify applications in the online application system within 60 days after the school receives the application or prior to the next count date, whichever occurs first.

(b) Within the time period specified under s. 118.60(3) (ar) 2, Stats., a school participating in the Wisconsin parental choice program shall determine if an application meets the eligibility requirements in s. PI 48.05 and verify the application in the online application system.

(3) RANDOM SELECTION. A school participating in the Racine parental choice program shall accept pupils on a random basis in accordance with the method submitted to the department and approved under s. PI 48.03(3) (a) 1. or 48.04(2) (a). Except as provided in s. 118.60(3) (ar), Stats., a school participating in a Wisconsin parental choice program shall accept pupils on a random basis in accordance with the method submitted and approved under s. PI 48.03(3) (a) 1. or 48.04(2) (a).

(4) APPLICATION RETENTION. A school shall retain the following records for at least 5 years from the end of the school year in which the pupil applied to the school unless the department or a law enforcement agency requires the school to retain the records for a longer period:

(a) Electronic or paper copies of pupil paper applications and supporting income and residency documentation required under s. PI 48.05 for all accepted and non-accepted choice pupils who have submitted applications to the school.

(b) Copies of all notices to a pupil or pupil's parent regarding acceptance and non-acceptance.

(c) Any other correspondence related to a pupil.

(5) SIMULTANEOUSLY ENROLLED PUPIL. A pupil participating in the choice program may not be simultaneously enrolled, in or out of Wisconsin, in another private school, a home-based private educational program, a charter school under s. 118.40(2r) or (2x), Stats., or a public school district and receive a payment under s. 118.60, Stats. A pupil receiving a payment under s. 118.60, Stats., may not receive a payment under s. 115.7915(4m) or 119.23, Stats.

(6) FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT. The amount paid by the department to a school under s. 118.60(4), Stats., shall be based on the full-time equivalent for each pupil times the payment amount in s. 118.60(4), Stats. The full-time equivalent shall be determined as follows:

(a) Pupils in grades one through 12 shall be one full-time equivalent.

(b) A kindergarten pupil shall be one-half full-time equivalent except as follows:
1. A pupil enrolled in a 5-year-old kindergarten program that requires full-day attendance by the pupil for 5 days a week, but not on any day of the week that pupils enrolled in other grades in the school do not attend school, for an entire school term shall be counted as one full-time equivalent.

2. A pupil enrolled in a 5-year-old kindergarten program that requires full-day attendance by the pupil for 4 days a week, but not on any day of the week that pupils enrolled in other grades in the school do not attend school, for an entire school term shall be counted as a 0.8 full-time equivalent.

2m. A pupil enrolled in a 5-year-old kindergarten program requiring full-day attendance by the pupil for 3 days a week, but not on any day of the week that pupils enrolled in other grades in the school do not attend school, shall be counted as a 0.6 full-time equivalent.

3. A school may count a pupil enrolled in a 4-year-old kindergarten program that provides the required number of hours of direct pupil instruction under s. 121.02(1) (f), Stats., as a 0.6 full-time equivalent if the program also annually provides at least 87.5 additional hours of 4-year-old kindergarten outreach activities.

4. For purposes of this subsection, "full-day" means the following:
a. If the private school offers first grade, the length of the school day required to meet the total number of hours of instruction for first grade pupils under ss. 118.60(2) (a) 8 and 119.23(2) (a) 8, Stats.

b. If the private school does not offer first grade, the length of the school day required to meet the total number of hours of instruction for first grade pupils under s. 118.165(1) (c), Stats.

(7) PRELIMINARY APPLICATION AND CLASS LIST SUBMISSION. Annually by the last weekday in August, a school shall file with the department, using the online application system or other manner specified by the department, all of the following:

(a) All accepted applications.

(b) A class list of all pupils enrolled in the choice program at the school by grade level. The class list may not include pupils that have withdrawn from the school.

(8) APPLICATION SUBMISSION AND PUPIL COUNT REPORTS. Annually by the last weekday in September and the last weekday in January, a school shall file with the department, using the online application system or other manner specified by the department, all of the following:

(a) A pupil count report stating all of the following:
1. The grade of each pupil participating in the choice program on the immediately preceding count date. In order to be eligible for payment, a 4-year-old kindergarten pupil, 5-year-old kindergarten pupil, and first grade pupil shall attain the age specified in s. 118.14(1), Stats.

2. Whether each choice program pupil meets the requirements under sub. (9).

3. The total number of pupils in the school on the immediately preceding count date that meet the requirements under sub. (9).

4. The pupils on the Racine parental choice program waiting list on the immediately preceding count date.

(b) As part of the pupil count report for the third Friday in September, a school shall determine the address of a pupil participating in the Wisconsin parental choice program on the third Friday in September for all incoming choice pupils as defined in s. 118.60(4d) (a), Stats. If an incoming choice pupil participating in the Wisconsin parental choice program has moved, the school shall do all of the following:
1. Obtain residency documentation for the new address that meets the requirements of s. PI 48.05(2) and is dated between the third Friday in August and the last weekday in September.

2. Determine the resident school district for the new address as prescribed under s. PI 48.05(3).

(c) All accepted applications the school received that were not previously reported under sub. (7).

(9) COUNT REQUIREMENTS. A school may include a pupil on its pupil count report under sub. (8) (a) only if one of following applies:

(a) The pupil is in attendance for instruction on the count date.

(b) The pupil is absent on the count date but attended the school for instruction at least one day during the school term prior to the count date and at least one day after the count date, and the pupil was not enrolled in another school in or out of Wisconsin, including another private school, a home-based educational program, a charter school under s. 118.40(2r) or (2x), Stats., or a public school district, during the period of absence from the school.

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