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Basic maintenance payment” means a payment to reimburse a foster parent for the cost of a foster child’s food, clothing, housing, basic transportation, and personal items, . . .  [Ref. s. DCF 56.03(3), Adm. Code]

Best interest determination” means a decision under Title I regarding whether a child should remain in his or her school of origin or transfer to the school of residence.

Case plan” means a plan designed to ensure that a child is reunified with his or her family whenever appropriate, or that the child quickly attains a placement or home providing long-term stability.  [Ref. s. 48.38(1)(b), Wis. Stats., Definition of “permanency plan”]

Child” means a school-aged minor who has been placed in out-of-home care.

Collaborate” means to work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort.  [Ref. The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Edition]

Educational stability” means maintaining a child in his or her school of origin unless it is determined that that is not in his or her best interest, in which case the child is immediately enrolled in the resident school and his or her pupil records are immediately transferred.

English learner” or “Limited-English proficient pupil” means a pupil whose ability to use the English language is limited because of the use of a non-English language in his or her family or in his or her daily, non-school surroundings, and who has difficulty, as defined by rule by the state superintendent, in performing ordinary classwork in English as a result of such limited English language proficiency.  [Ref. s. 115.955(7), Wis. Stats.]

Final decision making authority” means the right and responsibility, after collaborative efforts have been made and all appropriate and available information considered, to determine an outcome or process.

Foster care” means out-of-home care, unless otherwise specified.

Immediately enrolled” means enrolled in school without any delay.

Indian child” means any unmarried person who is under the age of 18 years and is affiliated with an Indian tribe in any of the following ways: 
(a) As a member of the Indian tribe; or
(b) As a person who is eligible for membership in an Indian tribe and is the biological child of a member of an Indian tribe.  [Ref. 48.02(8g), Wis. Stats.]

Indian tribe” means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community of Indians that is recognized as eligible for the services provided to Indians by the U.S. secretary of the interior because of Indian status, including any Alaska native village, as defined in 43 USC 1602(c).  [Ref. s. 48.02(8r), Wis. Stats.]

Individualized Education Plan” or “IEP” means a written statement for a child with a disability that is developed, reviewed, and revised in accordance with s. 115.787.  [Ref. s. 115.758(9), Wis. Stats.]

Law enforcement unit” means any individual, office, department, division, or other component of a school district that is authorized or designated by the school board to do any of the following: 1. enforce any law or ordinance, or refer to the appropriate authorities a matter for enforcement of any law or ordinance, against any person other than the school district; and 2. maintain the physical security and safety of a public school.  [Ref. s. 118.125(1)(bL), Wis. Stats.]

Law enforcement unit records” means records maintained by a law enforcement unit that were created by that law enforcement unit for the purpose of law enforcement.  [Ref. 118.125(1)(bs), Wis. Stats.]

 “Out-of-home care” means a foster home, treatment foster home, group home, residential care center, shelter care facility, the home of a relative not a parent, or the home of a nonrelative where the child is under the placement and care responsibility of the Department of Children and Families or a county or tribal child welfare agency (i.e., county or tribal social or human services department).

Permanency plan” means “case plan.”

Pupil records” means all records relating to individual pupils maintained by a school but does not include:

  1. Notes or records maintained for personal use by a teacher or other person who is required by the state superintendent of public instruction under s. 115.28(7) to hold a certificate, license, or permit if such records and notes are not available to others;
  2. Records necessary for, and available only to persons involved in, the psychological treatment of a pupil; and
  3. Law enforcement unit records.  [Ref. s. 118.125(1)(d), Wis. Stats.]

Relevant academic and other records” means pupil records that are pertinent to addressing a pupil’s educational needs.  [Ref. s. 118.125(2)(q), Wis. Stats.]

Resident school” or “school of residence” means the school in the district in which the out-of-home care placement is located.  Once the child is enrolled in the “resident school”, it becomes the school of origin (in cases where the out-of-home care placement changes in the future).

School of origin” means the school in which a child is enrolled or was most recently enrolled at the time of the child’s placement into out-of-home care.

Section 504 plan” means a plan for providing educational and related services to a student who is determined to: 1. have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or 2. have a record of such an impairment; or 3. be regarded as having such an impairment under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Title I” means Title I (Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

Title IV-E” means Part E–Federal Payments for Foster Care and Adoption Assistance of the federal Social Security Act.  [42 USC 670-676]

Title VI” means Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 relating to the prohibition against exclusion from participation in, denial of benefits of, and discrimination under federally assisted programs on ground of race, color, or national origin.

Transportation costs agreement” means an agreement between a school district or school and a county or tribal child welfare agency related to the costs of transporting a student from his or her out-of-home care placement to the school in which the child is enrolled.  Such an agreement can be general and apply to any such situation or it can be specific to a particular student’s situation.

Tribal school” means an institution with an educational program that has as its primary purpose providing education in any grade or grades from kindergarten to 12 and that is one of the following:

   (a)  Controlled by the elected governing body of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state.

   (b)  Jointly controlled by the elected governing bodies of 2 or more federally recognized American Indian tribes or bands in this state.

   (c)  Controlled by a tribal educational authority established by a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state.

   (d)  Controlled by a tribal educational authority established jointly by 2 or more federally recognized American Indian tribes or bands in this state.  [Ref. s. 115.001(15m), Wis. Stats.]

For questions about this information, contact Kyle Peaden (608) 266-5404