In the digital age where a picture can spread across the Internet in a matter of minutes, many families are sensitive about their privacy, particularly when it comes to their children. To protect your PTA from possible legal difficulty and to respect these sensitivities, it is recommended that you obtain a release form for pictures with children and for any photos you intend to use in advertising or on merchandise for sale.
To aid in the process of securing release forms, consider creating an annual form that families can sign, issuing a disclaimer on any event invitations, or recording a verbal consent on film. You should retain release forms for the life of the photo. It should be noted that school release forms are not a replacement for PTA forms. National PTA will not publish any photographs without a signed release form.
Download a release form to use to obtain a photo subject’s permission.