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Updates: DCF Request; ESSA School Level Spending Data Release; Arts During COVID-19

Monday, September 28, 2020

Dear District Administrator,

This email contains updates to a request from the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the rollout of school level spending data required under the Every Student Succeeds Act, and arts guidance.

DCF Request

DCF and the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) continue to seek help from school districts in distributing supplies to early care and education community partners. Please consider filling out this short survey to indicate your ability to participate in this effort. In appreciation for your assistance, the SEOC will make available additional disposable and cloth masks to participating school districts. The SEOC has indicated an availability of between 3 to 4 million adult disposable masks, 400,000 child disposable masks, and 1.6 million adult and child size cloth masks. The extra supplies will be distributed to districts who are able to assist their local child care providers based on the enrollment size of their districts. Those who already indicated a willingness to participate will also receive PPE. As a reminder, boxed, bundled, and labeled supplies under this initiative would be delivered to school districts who choose to participate so they can be picked up by child care programs. School districts who participate will determine the location and time for child care programs to pick up their supplies. If you have questions, please reach out to Thomas McCarthy at DCF.

2018-19 ESSA School Level Spending Data Release

Dan Bush, Director of the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) School Financial Services Team, will present webinars for Wisconsin public school district administrators and principals about the coming release of the 2018-19 per-pupil school spending data required under ESSA ( These webinars will precede a final data quality review period that will run from October 13 to November 16, with data available in the secure WISEdash for Districts portal. Public release of the data through the WISEdash Public Portal is scheduled on November 19.

Registration is open now for two sessions during the first full week of October:

  • For Principals: Monday, October 5, 2020, 1 pm to 2 pm.
  • For District Administrators: Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 1 pm to 2 pm.

Each webinar will include about 15-20 minutes of information followed by a Q&A opportunity. The sessions will be held using Microsoft Teams. but a Microsoft account is not required to participate. Both sessions will be recorded and posted on the DPI website afterwards. Registrations ( are due Friday, October 2 at noon.

Arts During COVID-19

DPI released guidance, earlier this month, on arts education operating considerations during COVID-19.

If you have questions related to COVID-19, please email The DPI’s COVID-19 webpage contains the most recent information from the department.