Legal Questions

Injuries Off School Grounds and School Liability

When your child suffers an injury away from the home, your first question is likely, “Who is responsible?” Parents trust their children to the hands of teachers, supervisors, and school staff under the assumption that school employees will do what’s in the child’s best interests. Unfortunately, negligent school employees all too often fail to adequately… read more

Negligent Hiring, Supervision, and Retention in California Schools

Sadly, California’s schools aren’t impervious to negligent, reckless, and malicious employees. The courts will often hold the school district strictly liable for the actions or inactions of its employees if they result in student injury. Since the school district employs teachers and staff members, the district must abide by the same standards of care as… read more

California Education Code: Duty to Warn of Violent Propensities

California school districts implement many laws, rules, and regulations to help in the event of altercations, accidents, and emergencies. Lawmakers describe these provisions in the California Education Code – a code in 69 parts. Students have the right to attend peaceful, safe, and secure campuses to promote education throughout the state of California. The school… read more

California Schools Duty to Suspend

Each year, student injury settlements cost California’s school districts millions of dollars. Students may sustain injuries on school grounds or under a school employee’s supervision during recess, in classrooms, in fights with other students, during school sports, and even from third-party criminal assaults. A number of factors contribute to the high rate of student injury,… read more

Does Your Child’s School Have an Adequate Emergency Plan?

When you send your children to school, you likely assume they will be safe on campus, under the care of responsible adults. While this may be true on a day-by- day basis, will your child’s school react appropriately in the event of an emergency? Emergency plans are vital to student safety. Every parent deserves the right to feel… read more

Child Safety Alarms on School Buses: SB 1072

There have been numerous items in the news about children being left on school buses, sometimes with fatal consequences. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it sets off a fervor among parents concerned for their child’s safety. This only happening once would still be one too many, so a lot of school… read more

My Child Was Injured on a School Field Trip. Is the School Liable?

Too often, supervisors with no adequate child safety training chaperone school field trips. Between lack of knowledge about child safety and looking after children they’re unfamiliar with, chaperones are at high risk of being negligent. No one can predict a bus accident, but many field trip injuries are 100% preventable. If your child sustains an… read more