HICA Field Trip/Excursion Waiver Forms Information - Exhibit 5
An increasing number of sports organizations in the business of catering to school field trips(white water rafting, horseback riding, wall climbing, etc.) are requiring parents to sign waiver forms such as the attached sample. It is very important that parents understand:
It is important that all of your staff be aware of these matters. If parents sign a waiver, and they can properly claim that district personnel have encouraged them to do so, or given them assurances that have induced them to sign the form, it is possible that the district could become liable for student injury, even when the injury is caused by the negligence of the sports organization.
In addition to advising staff, it is also important to deal with these matters in the consent form provided to parents by your school. I suggest adding the following to those forms:
A field trip is planned for (explain activities). It will take place on _____________to________________, 200_. There are certain important matters for you to understand prior to consenting to your child's participation. The company conducting the (activity) requires the parents of all participants to sign the attached "Indemnity and Release of Liability" (or whatever it is called). There are three very important things you need to fully understand about this document:
Fort McMurray Public School District also want you to understand the following:
Please consider all of the contents of this letter carefully before you decide whether to allow your child to participate in this field trip.