Instructional Hours Waiver
The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will waive the hour requirement for any school district that requests the DPI to do so due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. As you and your community navigate the decisions ahead and look at what continuity of learning you can provide in this unprecedented situation, the department wants to ensure the agency is eliminating barriers in your ability to do this. You will still need to request this waiver per state law, but the DPI will use this form to expedite the process.
Per state law, the district will need to hold a public hearing under s.118.38 (1) (b) and document the date of the public hearing in the form below to receive a waiver. (The public hearing can be virtual or teleconferenced).
The other requirement in statute, to specify the reason for closure under s.118.38 (1) (m), has already been provided in this form.
All other considerations required under the law to waive instructional hours have been suspended per Emergency Order #10 issued by Governor Tony Evers on March 21, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact Tamara Mouw, Director of Teaching and Learning, at
School name(s), if the entire district is not closed
Contact Person Name
Contact Person Phone Number
Date of public hearing
Clicking yes and submitting constitutes the waiver submission for instructional hours due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Upon submission, you will receive a copy of this submission and approval.
Yes, submit this form.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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