School Business Affairs
With a new school year on the horizon, the topic of adequate student supervision is once again on educators’ minds. Whether students are attending classes, playing in school yards, or participating in extracurricular sports or other activities, educators are at risk of liability for injuries that children sustain if officials fail to meet their duty to protect youngsters from unreasonable risks of harm.
Accordingly, awareness of the principles relating to the legal duty to supervise students adequately and the defenses to negligence can go a long way toward shielding school districts from liability. As evidenced by the representative cases cited in this column, negligence claims result in a significant amount of litigation each year.
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Place of Publication
Russo, Charles J., "Negligence, Student Supervision, and School Business Officials" (2014). Educational Leadership Faculty Publications. 171.