School Term, School Year, Session

Excerpts from State Laws

s.115.001 Definitions.
(12) SCHOOL TERM. "School term" means the time commencing with the first school day and ending with the last school day that the schools of a school district are in operation for attendance of pupils in a school year, other than for the operation of summer classes.
(13) SCHOOL YEAR. "School year" means the time commencing with July 1 and ending with the next succeeding June 30.
(14) SESSION. "Session" means the time during a school term that the schools of a school district are operated for the attendance of pupils.

s.118.04 Summer classes.
Any school board may elect to operate summer classes or to permit pupils to attend summer classes operated by another school district on a tuition basis if the school district of operation will accept them. Sections 118.15 and 118.16 shall not apply to summer classes. Every school board electing to operate summer classes:
(1) Shall make rules governing attendance and cause them to be spread on the school board minutes.
(2) May accord to children living in the school district during the summer session the status of residents of the school district for the purpose of attendance at summer classes, even though the children were not regular residents of the school district during the preceding regular school session, but any such children who are not legal residents of the state shall not be counted in computing the state aid to which the school district is entitled.
(3) May permit children from another school district to attend summer classes upon payment of nonresident tuition.
(4) Shall not charge tuition for attendance at summer classes of pupils who are residents of the school district if the school board receives aid for such classes under s. 121.14. The school board may establish and collect reasonable fees for social, recreational or extracurricular summer classes and programs which are neither credited toward graduation nor aided under s. 121.14.

s. 118.045 Commencement of school term.
(1) Except as provided in subs. (2) and (3), beginning in the year 2000, no public school may commence the school term until September 1.
(2) Subsection (1) does not prohibit a school board from doing any of the following:
   (a) Holding athletic contests or practices before September 1.
   (b) Scheduling in-service days or work days before September 1.
   (c) Holding school year-round.
(3) A school board may commence the school term before September 1 in any school year if the school board requests the department to allow it to commence the school term before September 1 and the school board includes reasons with its request. The department may grant a request only if it determines that there are extraordinary reasons for granting it. The department shall promulgate rules to implement and administer this subsection. History: 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 16.

See also:
Chapter PI 27 Commencement of School Term
Year Round Education
Clarifying Information for the Definition of a School


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