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5895 Policy_Student Employment

School-Sponsored Employment
The Wauwatosa School District sponsors several types of student employment in conjunction with curricular
programs. These programs are designed to help students learn firsthand about occupational and career
These programs include but are not limited to:
    A. Cooperative education programs which place junior and senior high school students in supervised work
        experiences for ten (10) to fifteen (15) hours per week. A daily class as part of the co-op experience
        emphasizes work-related skills.
    B. Work Incentive Program under which seniors with a grade point average of 2.0 or below may work fifteen
        (15) to twenty-eight (28) hours per week and attend job skills seminars during the semester.
    C. Transitioning opportunities for students with exceptional education needs which help them develop job skills
        by providing work experiences in a supervised program.
All school-sponsored employment requires parent or guardian permission and is part of the course planning for
individual students.
The School District does not discriminate regarding school-sponsored employment on the basis of sex, race,
religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy, marital or parental status, or physical, mental,
emotional or learning disability.
Non-School Sponsored Employment
The Wauwatosa School District recognizes that employment can provide students with an opportunity to test
career choices, develop self-confidence, learn new skills and demonstrate responsibility. However, a student’s first
obligation is school. Since research indicates that there is a negative effect on school work and academic
performance when students work more than ten (10) to twenty-five (25) hours a week, students are encouraged to
consult with their parents, guidance counselors and teachers to determine the appropriate balance between school
and work.
State and Federal law govern the types and hours of student employment, especially for those under the age of
eighteen (18). Students receive a copy of these regulations when a work permit is issued.
All minors employed are required to obtain a child labor permit (work permit), except as specifically provided by
law. Work permits are issued by the high school office upon presentation of the following information:
    A. Proof of age
    B. Letter from the employer stating the intent to employ, along with job duties, hours of work and time of day
        the minor will be working
    C. Social Security card
    D. Payment of permit fee
    E. Approval from the minor’s parent or guardian
State law permits the revocation of a work permit upon the written request of the school principal or a minor’s parent or guardian.
103.70 et seq., Wis. Stats.
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
Sharon Weinstock,
Aug 8, 2011, 9:48 AM