My 9-year-old child was taken on a school trip without a signed parental consent (which the school had requested) and against his parents’ wishes, which had been verbally communicated to school staff prior to the trip. Could you please clarify to me my rights as a parent in this situation and whether the school staff were within their right to do what they did according to current legislation?
The trip: A multi skills event in a sports centre.
I did not consent to the trip because the children had to walk from school to the bus in freezing whether lightly dressed. However, I received an email from school stating that all children were going. I became worried that my child would go anyway and asked my husband to bring a warm track suit to school. He handed the suit to the secretary but reminded to her that we were not happy about our child going. At the same time I was speaking to the secretary on the phone and my last words to her were, "We do not want (name) to go."
My child went on the trip. I raised the issue with the secretary but she told me that my husband had said it was ok for the child to go.
Unfortunately I cannot be satisfied with this answer because you supplied a document which is readily available online and which I had already found and examined myself. When it refers to normal school activities not requiring a parental consent it also contains information about a generic form that parents would be asked to sign prior to all such trips taking place. Moreover it mentions that in each case parents should be informed about a planned trip and have the opportunity to withdraw their child from it. In my case, no generic form had been signed and we indicated our intention to withdraw the child from the planned trip. So I still do not know at all whether the school were in their right to take my child on the trip and what our rights as parents are. Clare, do you think I should ask someone else?
Thank you, ***** ***** exactly what I needed! I can now write to the school knowing where I stand and using the right approach.