If I’m a teacher and have group projects where students may need to do work off-campus and a student is injured in transit, is the school district liable for damages?

They may need to meet in a library for research, drive to an event, etc.?

Asked on April 3, 2015 under Personal Injury, Washington


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Arguably, if the district directed the students to go to an unsafe location or event, or otherwise inappropriate one, they could be liable for having sent the students someplace they should not. (E.g. dangerous neighborhoods; a museum show that is intended only for adults; a venue where alcohal or drug use, like certain concerts, is common; etc.). If that's not the case and the place to which the students are directed, like a local library or a public concert in town square, is appropriate and safe, the school/distriction should not be liable if injuries occur by events or actions beyond their control.

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