A parent’s guide to permission slips.
Permission slips are important forms, and digital is the way to go.
When you’ll have to sign permission slips.
Schools need signed permission slips for:
- Off-campus activities such as field trips or travel
- Activities that involve physical risk such as shop class with power tools
- After-school activities such as sports
What is a digital permission slip?
A digital permission slip fulfills the same function that a traditional paper permission slip does. Instead of being sent via backpack, it is sent to parents at the email address that the school has on file. To ensure that you receive the digital permission slip forms the school sends out, make sure the school has the address for an email account that you check frequently.
When a parent or guardian receives a digital permission slip, they can electronically fill out and e-sign the form and send it back directly to the teacher. The parent can also easily save a copy of the form for future reference. With a digital permission slip, the time a teacher might spend reminding parents about the paper form and hoping students haven’t lost their copies can instead be spent sending a quick email to all parents and watching the replies roll in seamlessly.
Permission slips and liability.
Permission slips, waivers, and other releases of liability may prevent signees from suing organizations in some situations, but not all. Releases and waivers are not magical incantations that protect the school from getting sued in all instances, and local laws and regulations will vary. Schools, teachers, and chaperones still need to exercise common sense and good judgment while in charge of the child.
Check with local laws and regulations about childcare, schools, and what’s required when teachers and chaperones have minors in their care. The better the understanding of these requirements, the better you can understand your permission slips, as well as the processes and procedures schools take for safely supervising children.
How to expedite signature collection with digital permission slips.
Digital permission slips allow schools to collect parents’ and guardians’ signatures much more efficiently. The emails that teachers may have been sending out to remind parents to look for paper permission slips can instead be used to send the permission slips out. And instead of keeping track of paper forms, parents can quickly search their email for parent authorizations or download completed permission slips into an easily accessible folder. Using digital permission slips could save time and also prevent a student from missing out needlessly on an activity because of a forgotten paper form.
If a school ever needs to create a new permission slip, it’s easy to edit a PDF and adapt text in an existing PDF form into a new one for you to fill out. A school can also convert a scan of a previous paper form into an editable PDF.
Once all that’s taken care of, your kids are ready to go beyond the four walls of their school. With permission slips in hand, teachers and chaperones can show them art galleries, natural wonders, centers of science and industry, and everything else the world outside the classroom has to offer.