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Photographing students in schools

I have a question regarding photography policies when covering stories in schools.

I’ve run into the same problem at multiple schools. I go to cover some event they’ve invited the paper to cover, start taking photographs, and have a teacher come up and say, “Excuse me, but we have students who haven’t filled out a photo waiver [or whatever they call it]. We can point out a few students who we know have filled out the waiver and are allowed to be photographed.”

Or something along those lines. The gist is that the school has some sort of waiver they have students’ parents fill out allowing the school to photograph them, and they’re afraid if the kids who don’t have a wavier on file end up in the paper, the school’s going to get sued or something.

What do you do or say in that situation? A lot of times, this turns into a huge pain in the ass and makes a simple school feature way more complicated than it needs to be.

This post originally appeared on EWA’s now-defunct online community, EdMedia Commons. Old content from EMC will appear in the Ed Beat archives.