Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

3213 - LIABILITY OF STAFF FOR STUDENT WELFARE

Professional staff members are responsible for the safety of students on the grounds and within Corporation facilities. In addition to requirements specified in Policy 3213, the following guidelines are provided to minimize the occurrence of situations in which staff members may incur liability for actions related to students:

 

A.

Each professional staff member:

     
 

1.

should not leave students unattended;

     
 

2.

should not leave an unqualified person in charge of students;

     
 

3.

should accompany students wherever they are assigned and remain with them until supervision is assumed by another responsible person;

     
 

4.

should ensure students do not use noncorporation-owned and/or maintained equipment or other equipment which may be potentially dangerous or use facilities or equipment except for the intended purpose;

     
 

5.

should organize classroom materials and equipment so as to minimize danger of injury to students and to self.

     
 

B.

Each professional staff member is to enforce the following rules established for student activity in high risk areas:

     
 

1.

Students should not work in a shop, kitchen, or laboratory at other than the regularly scheduled period, and then only under qualified supervision and in accordance with the prescribed safety procedures.

     
 

2.

Only students enrolled in shop classes or laboratory classes, are to use power tools or other dangerous equipment.

     
 

C.

With the ever-increasing demand for the use of gyms and other such facilities, it is imperative that the professional staff ensure the safety of Corporation students.

     
 

1.

If permission is granted for a student or group of students to use a facility, a professional staff member or authorized adult must be present in the facility throughout the time it is in use.

     
 

2.

Under no circumstances are students to be left in charge.

     
 

3.

If for any reason an area is unlocked for anyone, the professional staff member or authorized adult is responsible for ensuring the area is locked up after its use.

     
 

4.

Under no circumstances are custodians authorized to open a facility for unsupervised students to use.

     
 

D.

Each professional staff member or authorized adult must immediately report to the principal any accident or a safety hazard s/he detects and any accident one (1) or more of his/her students experience (See Form 5340 F1).

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