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Arizona parents concerned about school waiver

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Updated: July 31, 2020 07:41 PM
Created: July 31, 2020 07:40 PM

As schools across the country prepare to reopen under the threat of the coronavirus, some Arizona parents are concerned about a waiver they were asked to sign.

Parents at the Queen Creek Unified School District, southeast of Phoenix, have been asked to sign a waiver that could make it tough to hold a school accountable for the spread of COVID-19.

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In an email to parents, the district asked parents to digitally sign the waiver, but pointed out that it's optional and that it's not required for a student to attend school.

If signed, a parent would assume all risks and hazards that could come from their child being at school during the pandemic.

School district officials say their campuses are cleaned and sanitized daily and that they're working to set up sanitation stations that should be in place before in-person learning starts.

Still, the Queen Creek Education Association is asking parents to hold off on signing the waiver, saying it doesn't indicate steps being taken by the school district to keep children safe.

The Trust Insurance Group, which insures more than 200 school districts in Arizona, provided the waiver to all their K-12 and community college districts because they couldn't cover COVID-19.

Now, they're working on a plan that will provide coverage, although they still say the waiver is a tool districts can choose to use.


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