FF12 looks into solar eclipse liability waivers

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) If your child started school this week, you may have signed a permission slip allowing them to watch the eclipse.

The slip states that the school district will not be held liable for any potential eye damage.

Factfinder 12 looked into it and found out they don't necessarily mean your child's school is off the hook.

Students at Andover Central Middle School are ready for the "Great American Eclipse". Principal Tim Hayden says they have safety covered.

"Our teachers have spent all week preparing for this with training the kids how to be safely able to observe the sun through the goggles that we've purchased," says Hayden.

Like most Wichita area schools, parents in Andover must sign a waiver of liability before their kids can stare into the sun

"From what we've been notified by the Kansas Association of School Boards, that will protect us," said Hayden. "And again, our teachers are going to be monitoring the safety of the students just to make sure that they're being safe."

We had attorney Charley O'Hara take a look at the forms. He said that while parents may have signed off. The school district could still be held accountable

"If there is negligence, they're not controlling the kids right, or something happens, you can't take away that liability just because you signed a form before you knew what was going to happen," says O'Hara.

O'Hara says a lot of responsibility is on teachers and making sure kids keep those glasses on.

"If you don't do that I don't care what piece of paper you sign, there's really a chance that there's going to be a liability," says O'Hara.

Several schools will be holding watch parties on Monday. Eyewitness News plans to be there as the students get the chase to witness the celestial event.