Waiver Asks Parents To Release School District From Liability For COVID Deaths
Missouri’s Hazelwood School District sent a “Parent Permission and Waiver of Liability for Student Participation” form to parents of children returning to in-person instruction.
- Natasha Scruggs, an attorney at The Scruggs Law Firm, shared an image copy of the waiver on Twitter on July 14.
- By signing the waiver, parents would release the district from legal liabilities for any injury or death to their child as a result of COVID-19, “even if the cause, damages or injuries are alleged to be the fault of or alleged to be caused by the negligence of carelessness of the” school district.
- Other Twitter users claim the waiver only needs to be signed if parents have their children return to in-person classes and that there is a “100[%] online option.”
- However, Scruggs replied that although “the ‘online’ or ‘blended’ school sounds good on paper,” the district has nevertheless “been encouraging parents to come back to school” and that it’s not that “Black and white” for parents, educators, or students.
The waiver reads as follows,
I acknowledge that federal and state government officials have declared that there currently exists a public health crisis in our country related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”).
…I understand that the Hazelwood School District cannot prevent the possible transmission or contraction of COVID-19 for my child.
…The undersigned agrees to release, discharge, hold harmless and indemnify the Hazelwood School District, it’s agents, employees, officers, Board of Education members, insurers and others acting on the District’s behalf (the Releasees) of and from any and all claims, demands, causes of action and/or legal liabilities for injuries to or death of my child occurring during, or resulting from, or participation in the above-mentioned program or activity and related in any way to COVID-19, even if the cause, damages or injuries are alleged to be the fault of or alleged to be caused by the negligence of carelessness of the Releasees.
Scruggs added, “the point is they should have never sent this ‘waiver’ to parents. Shows that they know kids will die.”