InfoTrac Abstract: "ways to protect yourself from liability on your child's
Subjects: Liability of volunteer chaperons for injuries/damages on school trips;
"Personal injuries - prevention"
Newspaper Abstracts: "The legal liability a parent may suffer when chaperoning a
school outing is discussed."
EBSCO Host: Subject(s): CHILD care -- Safety measures. Abstract:
Focuses on the legal and other implications that are associated when a parent
acts as a chaperone during his child's school trips. Risks involved due to
negligence; Suggestions to avoid the risk of liability.
Abstract: "So you've signed up to be a chaperon for one of your child's school trips.
You've done so thinking that your helping out and keeping an eye on things will
make the trip safer for both your child and the other students. But have you considered the risk you may be taking?
"Although few cases have addressed specifically the liability of chaperons, many
have involved the related liability of schools and school workers, and can provide some guidance. Ordinarily, a school owes a student a duty of "ordinary
care." This means that the school and its staff must act in the way that a careful, prudent person would considering all the circumstances. Basically, you
should anticipate any dangers or risks that would be considered foreseeable by
a reasonable person.
"If your chaperoning involves driving, you could be held responsible for injuries
resulting from your negligent operation of a motor vehicle, or your negligent maintenance if it is your own car. If your chaperoning includes having the
students come to your home, you could be held responsible for injuries resulting from dangerous conditions on your premises."
ARTICLE TYPE: News
DESCRIPTORS: Liability; Child care