Parents and Student-Athletes Waiver

  • Assumption of Risk/waiver of Liability/indemnification Agreement

    As a result of the highly contagious novel coronavirus, COVID-19, federal, state and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people.

    Rockford Public Schools has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 including following the directives and guidelines from the Governor, the Michigan Department of Health, and our county health department. However, the Rockford Public Schools cannot guarantee that you or your child(ren) will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, attending and participating in any Rockford Public Schools athletic events (“Activity”) could increase your risk and your child(ren)’s risk of contracting COVID-19.

    You and/or your child(ren)’s participation and attendance at Activity is voluntary. Further, you and your child(ren) are required to abide by directives designed to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure which may include wearing masks, social distancing (6 feet apart), washing hands, non-sharing of equipment, wiping down all shared equipment after each use, limitations on spectators, etc. These directives will be provided to you by the Rockford Athletic Department in accordance with guidelines set by the Michigan High School Athletic Association and National Federation of State High School Associations. If you fail to follow these directives, you will forfeit you and your child(ren)’s right to continued participation in the Activity.

    In consideration of being allowed to participate in the Activity the undersigned acknowledges, appreciates, and agrees that:

    1. Participation includes possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases including but not limited to MRSA, influenza, and COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious illness and death does exist; and,
    2. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation; and,
    3. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation as regards protection against infectious diseases. If, however, I observe and any unusual or significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official immediately; and,
    4. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS Rockford Public Schools their officers, officials, agents, and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used to conduct the event (“RELEASEES”), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL ILLNESS, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss or damage to person or property, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE, to the fullest extent permitted by law.