General agreement among authorities on school law is that employees are likely to be considered negligent under the following conditions should an accident to a pupil occur:

  • Lengthy absence of employee while pupils are on the bus.
  • Employee leaving the pupils with an unqualified person being left in charge.
  • Permitting pupils to operate the bus.
  • Failure to keep written reports of every accident occurring under the employee’s supervision, regardless of the kind of injury.
  • Failure of the employee to keep in mind the fact that pupils are children, and their actions may be guided by childish impulses.
  • An employee is not responsible for injuries if it is proven that the employee gave the pupil the proper instructions and directions. The accident may be due to the contributory negligence of the pupil or may be considered as an unavoidable accident.

Last modified: 2019/08/06