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Open Enrollment for the 2020-21 School Year - Alternative Applications available 7/1/2020

about 1 month ago

Interested in attending the Washburn School District and missed the May 29th deadline to apply?

Parents who have missed the deadline for applying for the 2020-21 school year may submit alternative applications for open enrollment on or after July 1, 2020. They must meet one of the seven criteria in order to apply. The alternative open enrollment application for the 2020-21 school year will be available July 1, 2020.

https://dpi.wi.gov/oe

Please contact Shellie Heglund at (715) 373-6188 x160 or by email at sheglund@washburn.k12.wi.us

for any questions regarding the open enrollment process.  


By Shellie Heglund

Part-time Public School Open Enrollment

15 hours ago

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, a pupil enrolled in a public school in the high school grades may attend public school in a nonresident school district for the purpose of taking a course offered by the nonresident school district.  A pupil may attend no more than two courses at any time in nonresident school districts. Wis. Stat. 118.52

The application is to be completed by the parent, legal guardian or pupil (if age 18 or older) and submitted to the nonresident school district (Washburn). The application must be received in the nonresident school district office no later 4:00 p.m. on the date that is six weeks before the scheduled start of the course for which the pupil is applying. A postmark does not constitute timely submission.
Due date for classes beginning on September 1, 2020 is by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.


This application process does not apply to homeschooled students. The part-time attendance law, Wis. Stat. sec.118.53, allows homeschooled students to attend a public school on a part-time basis. A school district is required, space permitting, to allow pupils who are enrolled in a homeschool program to take up to two courses per semester at any public school. Students must satisfy the minimum standards for admission to a course offered by the school district. Wis. Stat. sec. 118.53(4) limits a homeschool student to a maximum of two courses per semester but each course could be in a different public school.

For questions, please contact Shellie Heglund at (715-373-6188 x160 or by email at sheglund@washburn.k12.wi.us










 



Summer Food Service Program - Media Release

22 days ago

Media Release - Summer Food Service Program 

Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, the Washburn School District announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under. Persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a state or local public educational agency to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private non-profit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.

If you are eligible to participate, contact Lisa Scribner at (715) 373-6199 ext. 202 by 3:30pm EACH Wednesday to request meals for the next week or to be put on the reoccurring list.

Meal Pick Up: Families may pick up meals between 11:00am - 1:00pm each Monday at the front of the Middle/High School at 305 West 4th Street in Washburn, Wisconsin.  

Meal Delivery:

Families unable to pick up meals may request delivery. Delivery will occur Monday mornings between 8:30am - 10:30am.

Meals are provided to eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.

Non-discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442 or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.  

Work Permits

about 1 month ago

5/19/2020 

This is a follow up to the 4/1/2020 message concerning child labor permits during the current health emergency. The emergency order that was announced on 4/1/2020 has expired. However, the Department has promulgated an emergency rule that is substantially the same and extends the child labor enforcement holiday into the future.

 The emergency rule provides:

  • The operations of permit offices and employers using minors under age 16 may continue to operate in the same manner as they did under the previous emergency order.
  • The new end date for this process is September 1, 2020.
  • Employers shall file a permit application on behalf of each minor employee and pay the associated fee no later than October 1, 2020.
  • The application of this emergency rule is retroactive to May 11, 2020. The Department will decline to take any enforcement action against employers of minors who follow the process set forth in the emergency rule.  

4/1/2020

You may have heard that the Governor signed an executive order that changes some of the work permit requirements during the state of emergency. Please keep in mind that these changes are all temporary and we will return to our prior practices after the state of emergency is lifted.

 The Executive Order does the following: 

  • Waives the requirement that new employees under age 16 obtain a work permit prior to starting employment.
  • Instead, employers can send information to our work permit email box workpermits@dwd.wisconsin.gov. This information includes
    • An attestation that they have reviewed the minor's proof of age and social security documents (but employers should not send us copies of these documents);
    • The offer letter from the employer, and;
    • The permission letter or countersignature from the parent or guardian.
  • ERD will decline to enforce the permit requirement during the state of emergency.
  • Employers will have 30 days after the state of emergency to acquire permits for all workers and to pay all applicable fees.
  • The order does not change the current legal requirements for hours per day or time of day, nor does it make any change to prohibited or hazardous employment rules. We will continue to enforce these rules during the emergency. 

The Equal Rights Division will follow up with employers after the state of emergency has been lifted. This will likely include a mass email that will remind them that they have 30 days to acquire work permits for the minor employees.

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Law Change - Effective June 23, 2017

Changes to Wisconsin's child labor law remove the requirement that 16- and 17-year-old minors obtain work permits prior to beginning work. This law also changes the terminology to be used and refers to the "employment of minors" instead of "child labor."

Effective June 23, 2017,

· 16- and 17-year-old minors do NOT need to obtain a work permit prior to beginning work. Work permits will not be issued for minors ages 16 or 17.

· State law prohibits the use of minors to perform hazardous work. Prohibited employment provisions still apply to work that 16- and 17-year-old minors can be employed to perform.

· This law makes no changes to the requirements for minors younger than 16. Minors younger than 16 must obtain a work permit prior to beginning work, unless an exception applies.

· There are no changes to the maximum hours or times of days that minors younger than 16 may work, or the types of work that minors younger than 16 may perform.


For more information, you can read the full text of Act 11.


How to Obtain a Work Permit

To obtain a work permit, either the minor alone or the minor and a parent must visit the permit officer, taking with them:

· the minor's birth certificate or other proof of age,

· the minor's social security card

· letter from the employer expressing intent to hire, on employer's regular letterhead, describing: job duties, hours of work

· a written parent’s consent

· a $10.00 permit fee


Proof of Minor's Age

We may accept a valid operator's license or an identification card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as proof of a minor's age. This means that we may now accept either a duly attested birth certificate, a verified baptismal certificate, or a driver’s license or photo ID card issued by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

For the Employer - Permit Fee Requirement

The employer must reimburse the $10.00 permit fee to the minor by no later than the date of the first paycheck.

Copies of the permit go to the employer and the minor, in addition to the school district where the minor is enrolled.


Any questions about Work Permits, please contact the District Office at (715) 373-6188 x160

By Shellie Heglund

What's Growing in the School Garden?

about 1 year ago

By Hope McLeod

 

A week before school, Greta Kochevar and Lori Filbert met in the Washburn High School (WHS) cafeteria to talk about what’s growing in the Washburn School Garden and can be turned into school lunches – the primary function of this garden.

“Kale, green beans, basil, dill, tomatoes, cucumbers, and broccoli,” reported Kochevar, the district’s Green and Healthy School Coordinator and WHS Family/Consumer Science teacher.

Also, potatoes, beets and onions are not far behind. Kochevar oversees everything inside this 6400-square-foot elementary school teaching garden, also the WHS high tunnel, where students tend, study, harvest, and sell produce to the community – and occasionally donates to the kitchen, Filbert’s domain. Filbert is the WSD Food Service Director, who magically prepares and serves deliciously nutritious meals daily at the Elementary and MiddleSchool/High School cafeterias.

After hearing Kochevar’s veggie recital, Filbert checked off “salad bar ingredients” for her first-week-of-school menu plan.

“Kids love the salad bar. They seem to enjoy eating what they (or their friends) grow,” she said.

Since 2005 the Washburn School District (WSD) has been deeply committed to environmental responsibility, sustainability education, and health and wellness initiatives, involving every student from 4K-12. Washburn was the first school in the region to establish a Farm-to-School teaching garden with Americorps members as managers. (Kochivar was a manager from 2008-2011). Also, in 2009 the district was recognized as a Wisconsin Green & Healthy School, and in October 2017 received a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability award. On top of this layer-cake, five kids from the elementary school were invited to plant the Whitehouse garden in 2016 with former First Lady Michelle Obama.

“Next Friday we’re having roasted veggies,” Filbert informed Kochevar. “So whatever smaller amounts of veggies you have, I can mix into that” to which Kochivar suggested the few beets ready for harvest. “Excellent! I can make those into a chocolate cake too.”

This is how their conversations will ping and pong from now until Halloween when the kids put the school garden to bed. Meanwhile, Kochevar, and her students, will take weekly inventory; Filbert will menu-plans, and two (soon-to-be-hired) Americorps members will deliver the goods. Dishes like Greek cucumber salad with Tzatziki sauce will amazingly show up on the kids’ lunch trays.

Before launching into what else is growing, first a drone’s-eye view of campus: a teaching garden, high tunnel, apple orchard, aquaponics lab, and three pollinator gardens, providing healthy insects to make these gardens grow. Keeping this beehive buzzing requires careful orchestration between teachers, administration and students. Besides Kochevar and Filbert, other players include the summer crew.

This summer the school hired two garden caretakers: Washburn alumna Emily Wiatr and Northland College graduate Ryan Padrutt, who did everything from creating a new pumpkin patch in the elementary school Habitat Improvement area to installing a pollinator panel in the WHS Washburn Castle Garden. This educational panel displays examples of materials needed by pollinators for nesting and overwintering.  

Also, this summer 10th graders Caroline Ray, Lily Wheeler, and Seth Johnson worked as high tunnel agripreneurs. In its fourth year, this program gives students a stipend-paid opportunity to wear two hats: farmer and entrepreneur. This summer they grew over $1200 worth of basil, green beans, melon, peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes, and sold to Dalou’s Bistro, Coco’s Café, Fat Radish, and Spirit Creek Farm.

William Schlager, the MS Science teacher who co-teaches high tunnel projects with Kochevar, estimated they harvested six pounds of basil weekly from late June until the end of August; 100 pounds of beans; over 300 pounds of tomatoes; and “more cucumbers than we know what to do with.”

One advantage to having a high tunnel is when produce gets scarce, or is recalled, like cucumbers were recently, the district has plenty. Last winter/spring the kitchen had more than enough spinach –50 pounds delivered biweekly. That’s because WHS students participated in a two-year UW-Extension Spinach Trial Project. This statewide information-gathering venture involved testing the effects of light and heat on growing winter spinach inside high tunnels. Trial over, students have resumed charge of their winter high tunnel. On September 15 they planted lettuce, spinach, kale, and an experimental carrot crop.

Stop by to see what’s growing. Better yet, have lunch in the cafeteria! 


Green Ribbon School

over 2 years ago

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Washburn School District in Washburn, Wisconsin is among the 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Awardees. The Washburn School District was nominated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The district serves 587 students, 43% from economically disadvantaged households, in grades 4K-12, with 94 staff. In addition, we have an Early Learning Center in the elementary school for children 8 weeks old to school age which serves another 40 children with 8 staff.

 

"...to receive another National Award recognizing the efforts of our entire learning community is both humbling and inspiring. Our dedicated staff connect with children to provide them a welcoming, healthy, safe, and engaging learning environment that celebrates their individual abilities. Washburn is a special place," says Dr. Thomas Wiatr District Administrator 
 Link for full article...