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Facility Regulations

Classroom Space

There is no current Wisconsin law or administrative rule that establishes any requirement related to classroom size or square footage per pupil in school buildings. Local, state, federal building codes or fire codes may provide information regarding room or building capacity.

Green and Healthy Schools

The Wisconsin Green & Healthy Schools program is a web-based, self-paced and voluntary program available to all Wisconsin public and private elementary, middle and high schools. The Green and Healthy schools program was developed as a joint effort between the DPI and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 2004 to recognize schools that assess needs and implement plans related to healthy, safe and environmentally friendly learning environments. In 2012 the federal government created the Green Ribbon program that also provides recognition and certification to schools that document achievements related to energy savings, sustainability, health, wellness and environmental education.

Health and Safety Standards

One of the 20 school district standards, standard (i) – Section 121.02(i), Wisconsin statutes, requires school districts to provide safe and healthful facilities. State administrative code PI 8.01(2)(i) related to standard (i) requires the development of a long-range facility maintenance plan.

Indoor Environmental Quality

In 2009 Wisconsin Act 96 was signed into law requiring the development and implementation of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) plans by all public school districts and those private schools participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP) or Private Parental School Choice Program (PPSCP). The law also required DPI to develop a model plan based on the recommendations of a task force. That model plan was made available February 1, 2012.

Inspection of School Buildings

S.115.33, Wisconsin statutes, provides the state superintendent of public instruction authority to request the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to inspect school buildings under specific circumstances.

Radon in Schools

A 2019 fact sheet on radon was prepared by the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. This fact sheet provides a basic foundation of what radon is, why testing in schools is important and how to get started.

Resource List

This list of facility-related information resources includes links to state and federal websites and state and national organizations that have a focus on accessibility, building codes, environmental quality, or health and safety.

School Facility Survey

In 1998 the legislature passed a law requiring the DPI to survey the condition of school buildings in the state. The survey was conducted during the 1998-99 school year and a report was issued in 2000.

School Site

There is no Wisconsin law or administrative rule that establishes any requirement related to minimum acreage for a school building site.

For questions about this information, contact Mark Elworthy (608) 266-9534