State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance for districts to promote positive social and emotional climate.
Social and Emotional Learning Competencies
The Social and Emotional Learning Competencies guide provides educators with information and resources to implement a comprehensive approach to SEL.
Wisconsin Statutes 115.368 Assistance to schools for protective behaviors programs.
(1) The purpose of this section is to enable and encourage public, private, and tribal schools to develop protective behaviors programs and anti-offender behavior programs designed to assist minors and their parents or guardians in recognizing, avoiding, preventing, and halting physically or psychologically intrusive or abusive situations that may be harmful to minors.
(2) The department, in conjunction with the department of health services and the department of children and families, and after consulting with established organizations providing services with a focus on children of risk, shall:
- (a) Develop and conduct protective behaviors training programs for the professional staff of public, private, and tribal schools and counties under ss. 46.034, 46.215, 46.22, 46.23, 51.42, and 51.437. The training programs shall include information on how to assist a minor and his or her parent or guardian in recognizing, avoiding, preventing, and halting physically or psychologically intrusive or abusive situations that may be harmful to the minor, including child abuse, sexual abuse, and child enticement. The training programs shall emphasize how to help minors to develop positive psychological, emotional, and problem-solving responses to such situations, and to avoid relying on negative, fearful, or solely reactive methods of dealing with such situations. The training programs shall also include information on the detection, by other minors, their parents or guardians, and school staff, of conditions that indicate that a minor is being or has been subjected to such situations; the proper action to take when there is reason to believe that a minor is being or has been subjected to such situations; and the coordination of school protective behaviors programs and activities with programs and activities of other state and local agencies. Persons other than the professional staff of public, private, and tribal schools and counties under ss. 46.034, 46.215, 46.22, 46.23, 51.42, and 51.437 may attend the training programs. The department may charge such persons a fee sufficient to cover the increased costs of materials, but not personnel cost, to the department of their participation in the programs. The department may not deny any resident of Wisconsin the opportunity to participate in a program if the person is unable to pay any fee.
- (b) Provide consultation and technical assistance to public, private, and tribal schools for the development and implementation of protective behaviors programs and the coordination of those programs with programs of other state and local agencies.
Wisconsin Statutes 118.46 Policy on bullying
(1) By March 1, 2010, the department shall do all of the following: (a) Develop a model school policy on bullying by pupils. The policy shall include all of the following:
- A definition of bullying.
- A prohibition on bullying.
- A procedure for reporting bullying that allows reports to be made confidentially.
- A prohibition against a pupil retaliating against another pupil for reporting an incident of bullying.
- A procedure for investigating reports of bullying. The procedure shall identify the school district employee in each school who is responsible for conducting the investigation and require that the parent or guardian of each pupil involved in a bullying incident be notified.
- A requirement that school district officials and employees report incidents of bullying and identify the persons to whom the reports must be made.
- A list of disciplinary alternatives for pupils that engage in bullying or who retaliate against a pupil who reports an incident of bullying.
- An identification of the school-related events at which the policy applies.
- An identification of the property owned, leased, or used by the school district on which the policy applies.
- An identification of the vehicles used for pupil transportation on which the policy applies. (b) Develop a model education and awareness program on bullying. (c) Post the model policy under par. (a) and the model program under par. (b) on its Internet site. (2) By August 15, 2010, each school board shall adopt a policy prohibiting bullying by pupils. The school board may adopt the model policy under sub. (1) (a). The school board shall provide a copy of the policy to any person who requests it. Annually, the school board shall distribute the policy to all pupils enrolled in the school district and to their parents or guardians.