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 The FOCUS Archive

This is a list of the issues of The FOCUS, a WASB policy publication, that are available to WASB members whose district subscribes to the publication. Some of the issues on this list may no longer give the current view of law or policy; however, they are included to help show the change and development of Wisconsin school law and policy over time.

The issues of The FOCUS are designed to provide authoritative general information, with commentary, as a service to WASB members. The issues of The FOCUS should not be relied upon as legal advice. If required, legal advice regarding the topics in the issues of The FOCUS should be obtained from the district legal counsel.

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9/10 Mandatory kindergarten and first grade admission
6/10 Taking action to stop bullying
2/10 Advertising and sponsorships
12/09 Supporting the community through local purchasing
10/09 Grading student performance
8/09 Relations with school support groups
6/09 Student possession and use of electronic devices
4/09 District Web site management
3/09 Suicide prevention and intervention
2/09 Decisionmaking in inclement weather
12/08 Board meeting minutes
10/08 Charter schools
9/08 Use of personal and district-owned vehicles on school business
8/08 Relations with educational foundations
6/08 Responsible natural resource use
5/08 Providing student support through guidance and counseling programs
4/08 Protecting privacy in locker rooms
2/08 Board leadership in budgeting
1/08 Updating student Internet acceptable use policies
12/07 Asthma management in the schools
11/07 Parental partnerships: a new model of involvement
10/07 Academic honesty: preventing cheating
8/07 Use of school health advisory committees in district decisionmaking
6/07 Dealing with issues relating to military service
5/07 Taking action to promote employee health and wellness
4/07 Celebrating academic success
2/07 Student conduct on buses
1/07 Graduation requirements revisited
12/06 Managing food allergies
10/06 Leadership for academic assessment
8/06 Media, solicitor, researcher and recruiter contact with students
7/06 Assessing and collecting student fees
6/06 Planning for the next pandemic
5/06 Focusing policymaking on student achievement
4/06 Student foreign exchange programs
3/06 Selecting and accessing the district’s legal counsel
1/06 Sexual harassment
12/05 Use of volunteer coaches
11/05 Service-learning
9/05 Library materials sharing
8/05 Enhancing student learning through homework
7/05 Court orders affecting the family
6/05 Purchasing
5/05 Protecting children from sexual predators
4/05 Cell phones and other communication devices
3/05 Reading proficiency: the heart of student achievement
2/05 Weapons and the schools
12/04 School use of surveillance technology
11/04 Early childhood education
10/04 Virtual education: Student online learning
8/04 Board advocacy: Working to shape laws
7/04 Student discipline
6/04 Board and staff e-mail communications
4/04 Providing a healthy school environment
3/04 Sex education
2/04 Community use of school facilities
12/03 Regulating dress and grooming
11/03 Holding effective board meetings
10/03 Promoting healthy eating and physical activity
8/03 Supervision of students
7/03 Dealing with controversial issues in the educational program
6/03 Professional staff development
5/03 Community engagement: Building common understanding and support
4/03 Asset management
3/03 Collaboration: Meeting needs and saving costs
1/03 Bullying
12/02 Conserving energy and saving costs
11/02 Filling board vacancies
10/02 Meeting the needs of English language learners
8/02 Political life and the schools
7/02 Student privacy policies
6/02 Board self-evaluation
4-5/02 Grants, bequests and other special funding for the schools
3/02 Curriculum leadership
2/02 Sales and fundraising involving the schools
1/02 Strategic planning
11-12/01 School security
10/01 Student foreign trips
9/01 Public school patriotism
8/01 School volunteer programs
7/01 Internet filtering and online safety
6/01 Handling concerns about instructional matters
5/01 Early admission to school
4/01 Developing board ethics
3/01 Parent involvement in child’s educational program
2/01 Law enforcement and social service questioning of students
1/01 Food management: Part II Promoting health and nutrition
12/00 Food management: Part I School food services
11/00 Student motor vehicle use
9-10/00 Pest management for healthy schools
8/00 Student emergency nursing services at school activities
7/00 Promoting civility in the schools
6/00 School board committees
5/00 High school graduation: Part II Awarding high school credit
4/00 High school graduation: Part I Setting the standards
3/00 Compulsory student attendance
2/00 Control of communicable diseases in the schools
1/00 Promotion of fourth and eighth grade students
12/99 School safety plans
11/99 Student involvement in decision making
9-10/99 Police-school liaison programs
8/99 Promoting positive school spirit and a positive school image
7/99 Student alcohol and other drug use
6/99 Staff exits: Interviews, recognition and records
5/99 Shared decision making
4/99 Advertising in the school setting
3/99 Working together for student safety
2/99 School board meeting agenda
1/99 Fund balance maintenance
11-12/98 An academic excellence scholarship update
10/98 Relations with private school and home-based students
9/98 Code of classroom conduct
8/98 Computer piracy
7/98 Locker searches
6/98 Wisconsin ‘s youth options program
5/98 Public access to district records
4/98 District administrator evaluation
3/98 Head lice: A pesty nuisance in the schools
2/98 Naming school facilities
1/98 School research/survey activities
12/97 Hiring instructional staff
11/97 Policies affecting open enrollment students
10/97 School open enrollment policy requirements
8/97 Student and staff attendance at state tournaments
7/97 Animals on school property
6/97 Student activity funds management
5/97 Student hazing, intimidation and other similar acts
4/97 Meeting the needs of gifted and talented students
3/97 Student character, core values and citizenship
2/97 Relations with school support groups
1/97 School district web pages on the Internet
12/96 Educational field trips
11/96 Child abuse and neglect: Part II – Education and prevention activities
10/96 Child abuse and neglect: Part I – Reporting suspected cases
9/96 Academic recognition programs
8/96 Public participation at board meetings
7/96 Student directory data
6/96 Medication administration in the schools
5/96 Governing students leaving school premises during the school day
4/96 Use of the Internet and other computer networks
3/96 Board member development
2/96 Promoting and governing innovations in the instructional program
1/96 School vandalism
12/95 Emergency school closings
11/95 Transportation to and/or from child care providers
10/95 Support staff evaluation plans
9/95 Selection and use of videotapes/films in the schools
8/95 Student academic achievement: Part II – Reporting student progress to parents
7/95 Student academic achievement: Part I – Evaluating student performance
6/95 Use of school vehicles
5/95 Dealing with school bomb threats
4/95 Student activity/athletic codes: Part II: Code communication, enforcement and evaluation
3/95 Student activity/athletic codes: Part I: Code development
2/95 Selecting instructional materials
1/95 Presence and conduct of persons on school premises
11-12/94 School ceremonies, observances and assemblies
10/94 Shaping the school district’s image
9/94 Academic excellence higher education scholarships
8/94 Gifts to the schools
7/94 Board member authority and responsibilities
6/94 Student contests
5/94 Student fees
4/94 School safety response plans: Dealing with potentially violent situations
3/94 Wisconsin ‘s youth apprenticeship program
2/94 Use of school equipment by students, staff and the public
1/94 Extracurricular staffing: Part II – Enhancing and evaluating performance
12/93 Extracurricular staffing: Part I – Defining needs, recruiting and hiring
11/93 Tutoring: Giving students the extra help they may need to succeed in school
10/93 Gang-related activities: Part II – Promoting positive alternatives
9/93 Gang-related activities: Part I – Securing the school environment
8/93 Student searches in the schools
7/93 Welcoming visitors to the school
6/93 Managing petty cash funds
5/93 Assignment of students to classes/teachers
4/93 Promoting student involvement in community service activities
3/93 Controlling student behavior on school buses
2/93 Expense reimbursements
1/93 Controlling spectators at school-related athletic events
12/92 Accommodating a student’s religious beliefs
11/92 Educating homeless children
10/92 Developing and maintaining a positive school board and district administrator relationship
9/92 Extracurricular activities: Planning and participation
8/92 Student fund raising activities
7/92 School bus safety
6/92 Dealing with copyright issues in the schools
5/92 Guiding student publications
4/92 Student employment
3/92 Policy making: A continuous process
2/92 Student threats and assaults against school personnel
1/92 Waste management (reduction, reuse and recycling)
12/91 Controlling police officer interviews and interrogations during the school day
11/91 Sexual harassment
10/91 Student promotion and retention
9/91 Homebound instruction
8/91 Use of weight training facilities
7/91 Beginning teacher induction programs
6/91 Board minutes: Essential records of board action
5/91 School district immunization plans
4/91 School-sponsored overnight trips
3/91 Graduation ceremonies: A time-honored tradition
2/91 Drug-free schools
1/91 Electing school board officers
12/90 Substitute teachers: A valuable part of the education team
11/90 Expanding student learning experiences with homework
10/90 School board legislative programs
9/90 Energy management
8/90 Using legal advice to meet responsibilities and exercise rights
7/90 Certified staff evaluation: Part III – Use of evaluation results
6/90 Certified staff evaluation: Part II – Implementation of evaluation plan
5/90 Certified staff evaluation: Part I – Development of evaluation plans
4/90 Schools meet student needs and interests in the “good old summertime”
3/90 School forests: A “natural” educational setting
2/90 Promoting employee health and wellness
1/90 School districts prepare to respond in emergencies
12/89 Board self-evaluation: Improving board effectiveness
11/89 Dealing with public complaints
10/89 Student performances
9/89 Promote multicultural awareness and understanding through Indian education
8/89 School boards guide district emergency nursing services
7/89 Managing the district’s insurance program
6/89 Truancy plans
5/89 Policies guide the disposal of school property
4/89 Purchasing procedures contribute to district savings, accountability
3/89 Is your district prepared to take action in the event of a crisis?
2/89 Weapons in the schools: Handling potentially dangerous situations
1/89 Public participation at board meetings: Listening to concerns while maintaining control
12/88 Transportation for extracurricular activities
11/88 Staff development: A means of training and renewing professional staff
10/88 Meeting school-age child care needs: Schools share in a community effort
9/88 Controlling gate receipts and admissions
8/88 Student discipline options
7/88 Filling board vacancies
6/88 Wisconsin dairy products and Wisconsin schools
5/88 Providing safe and healthful facilities
4/88 Children at risk: Responding to the challenge
3/88 Promote school and community pride through recognition programs
2/88 In-school suspension offers discipline in an academic atmosphere
1/88 Education: Key to prevention of AIDS
12/87 Dealing with controversial issues in the school setting
11/87 Education for employment: A working standard for Wisconsin
10/87 Tailor use of board committees to district needs
9/87 Keep homecoming and other school social events under control
8/87 School volunteers: A valuable resource
7/87 Computers: Encouraging their use, preventing their abuse
6/87 Exchange programs offer cross-cultural experiences
5/87 Boards guide deposits, investments
4/87 Management of hazardous wastes
3/87 Creating a tobacco free school environment
2/87 School facilities serve community needs
1/87 School programs brighten outlook for school age parents
12/86 Schools regulate athletic tournament attendance
11/86 Enlist news media support in reporting board meeting business
10/86 Schools take measures to safeguard children
9/86 Preparing quality teachers: The school district’s responsibility
8/86 Parent-school partnerships are necessary for effective schools
7/86 Police liaison programs promote positive youth attitudes, behavior
6/86 Inventories provide for accountability and protection
5/86 AIDS: A community controversy
4/86 Sales on school property: To permit, restrict or prohibit?
3/86 Orient new board members for effective service
2/86 Kindergarten programs examined
1/86 Educating children under the age of five
12/85 Wrestling with Wisconsin winter weather worries
11/85 Career education: Work experience opportunities
10/85 Career education: Expanding students’ horizons
9/85 Reducing risks of playground accidents
8/85 Suicide prevention programs to help troubled teens
7/85 Special requests, enrollment imbalances prompt student transfers within district
6/85 Foundations and booster clubs: A source of community support for the schools
5/85 Television offers instructional potential for Wisconsin school districts
4/85 Local school boards and a state responsibility
3/85 New graduation standards
2/85 Alcohol and other drug abuse policies
1/85 Home-based/private school students and the public schools
12/84 Board and administrator inservice: A valuable experience
11/84 Protect school property with security planning
10/84 Agenda magic for effective meetings
9/84 Districts find own paths toward excellence
8/84 Policies keep student auto use under control
7/84 Goal setting: Planning for the future
6/84 Student activities and the agency fund
5/84 Use of students and staff in research activities
4/84 Legislature sets guidelines for school medication policies
3/84 Budget planning: Community support needed
2/84 Handling concerns of the changing family
1/84 Districts find student views helpful
12/83 Academic/conduct play key role in eligibility
11/83 Routing guidelines expedite bus decisions
10/83 Improve board-administrator relations with evaluations
9/83 Gifted and talented students: Do they need special attention?
8/83 Student competencies questioned: School districts respond
7/83 Planning effective testing programs
6/83 Employee problems affecting work? Employee assistance programs may help