Can a 8th grade student be denied going on a class trip mission trip because of no health insurance?
Question Details: I have an "A" honor roll daughter who will be graduating from 8th grade today. She and all my other children attended a Catholic private school. hey are going on a mission trip 1 hour away for 5 days next week. Can she be denied this opportunity because we choose not to carry health insurance? I am self employed, my wife works part-time with no insurance offered. We pay all health costs out of pocket.
Yes, she can be denied the trip. The school/diocese has a legitimate interest in protecting itself from potential liability. If a child is injured on a trip, they need to make sure there is a reliable source of funds--e.g. insurance--available to pay for any medical care, so that the parents or care providers don't try to look to school for payment. They can refuse to allow a student whose lack of insurance exposes them to additional financial risks to go.