In Lee County, Florida, a field trip waiver form caught some parents by surprise. The waiver of liability form also angered some parents. The form contained the following language:
By signing the waiver, parents agree to give up your child’s right and your right to recover from (school name), its agents and employees in a lawsuit for any personal injury, including death, to your child.
The enforceability of such waiver could be challenged if a child was injured as a result of the negligence of a school or school employee. Just because a waiver form is signed does not mean that it is valid, legal, or enforceable. There are strong public policy arguments that could be made against the enforceability of such a waiver. School employees and schools should not be given free reign to act negligently without any consequence or avenue of legal recourse by the parent and child.
You can read more about this story at Florida School Field Trip Waiver Questioned by Parents in Lee County, Florida.