Missouri School District Asks Parents To Sign COVID-19 ‘Death Waiver’

Missouri School District Asks Parents To Sign COVID-19 ‘Death Waiver’ July 14, 2020

Safety first? A Missouri school district is asking parents to sign a waiver to release the district from liability if their child dies or is injured from COVID-19 related causes. 

Raw Story reports:

A school district in Missouri is requiring parents to sign a waiver in case children who participate in sports or other activities become infected with COVID-19 and die.

The “waiver of liability” from Hazelwood School District was shared on Tuesday by attorney Natasha Scruggs.

Earlier today, Natasha Scruggs, an attorney at The Scruggs Law Firm, shared the waiver via Twitter:

A Missouri public school district sent this “liability waiver” for parents if their child gets sickness/death resulting from being in school. Thoughts?

The waiver states:

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.

 

In an attempt at damage control, a statement from the Hazelwood School District claims the waiver has been misrepresented by the media and is only required for students participating in sports or other activities:

HSD partnered with all stakeholders to develop an instruction plan for the 2020-2021 school year that offers parents options and mitigates risk. Unfortunately, some inaccurate information about a waiver was shared by multiple media outlets today.

Here are the facts:

  • There is no COVID-19 waiver for parents who select the education option that includes in-person school.

  • Parents who want their child to participate in athletics are asked to sign a waiver. This year’s waiver includes language about COVID-19 to ensure that parents can make an informed decision.

  • The waiver was created by the Missouri United School Insurance Council (MUSIC). All school districts that are covered by MUSIC will use a similar waiver for athletics.

  • No students are required to participate in athletics.

  • Our district has implemented unprecedented safety precautions in all of our buildings; however, it is important for parents to understand that school districts can only mitigate the risk of COVID-19. No district, organization, or business can offer 100% protection against exposure to a global pandemic. Visit the Centers for Disease Control website for more information about COVID-19.

Bottom line: A Missouri school district is asking parents to sign a death waiver to release the district from liability if their child dies from a COVID-19 related cause. 

Missouri School District Asks Parents To Sign COVID-19 ‘Death Waiver’ For Students (Image via Twitter)
Missouri School District Asks Parents To Sign COVID-19 ‘Death Waiver’ For Students (Image via Twitter)

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