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Lecture 6

EDPS 410 Lecture 6: Negligence


Department
Education - Policy Studies
Course Code
EDPS410
Professor
Michelle Hawks
Lecture
6

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EDPS410:Negligence&Reporting 1
March2015
FiveElementsofNegligence
● Defendantowedadutyofcare
● Failedtoobservereasonablecare
● Causationfactualorproximate
○ FactualbutfortheteacherdoingX,Ywouldn’thavehappened
○ proximateforeseeabledamageasseenbyareasonableperson
● Damagemustactuallybedone
● Plaintiffcanhavenoconductunbecomingorcontributory
Readings
● Blackstonearticle:ifinvolvedwithintheschoolteacherdutieshold
● Hilbornarticle:needtoavoidspeculationandconjecturegothroughproperchannels
● CaseStudy:concernforstudent’smentalhealthforsure,evenifitisn’tabuse
○ childhasbeenemotionallyinjuredifnothingelse
○ physicaldamagebruise,bandages
● HockeyCase
○ Studenthadbeenhurtduringagameoffloorhockeyallegeditwaspoorly
supervisedandsafetyequipmentwasnotprovided
■ “Courtacceptedherteacher'stestimonythathehadprovidedalengthy
sessiononsafetyatthebeginningofthehockeyunitandasummaryof
thatsessionatthebeginningofeachclass”
■ “Courtpointedoutthatthestudenthadnotprovidedanyevidencethat
safetyequipmentwasnormallyused,orthatsuchequipmentcouldhave
preventedherinjuries.”
○ “thiscaseestablishedthatifstudentsareprovidedwithpropersupervision,
trainingandsafetyequipmenttheirteacherswillnotbeliableforinjuriesthat
occurinspiteofthoseprecautions.”
■ Argument:noteveryaccidentisaresultofteachernegligenceor
negligenceingeneral.sometimesit’sjustbadluck
ReportingRegulations
1. ifyoususpecta“childisinneedofintervention”→seekadvice
a. principal,inclusivelearningstaff,ChildandFamilyServicesCrisisUnit
2. Makeaformalreportifthereare“reasonableandprobablegrounds”
a. havetomakearethereportgoesthrough
3. havetoinformprincipalordesignate(ex.counselor)
4. keepreportforyourownrecords
Note:Can’tinvestigatethestudent;can’ttellthirdparties,otherteachers,etc.
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