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Liability of Coaches and Physical Education Teachers

Posted on:8/13/2012
The coach and the physical education teacher are responsible for providing reasonable supervision to the student-athletes under their direction.


The coach and the physical education teacher are responsible for providing reasonable supervision to the student-athletes under their direction. The coach and the physical education teacher may be sued for failing to provide adequate supervision.

 

The coach is judged by the standard of a "reasonable coach" and the teacher by the standard of a "reasonable physical education teacher." There are some limited exceptions in which the coach or teacher is held to a lower standard of care and will not be held liable unless deemed to be grossly negligent. One situation involves coaches or teachers who are given the status "in loco parentis" - the coach or teacher is placed in the position of the parents of the student.

 

The coach and the physical education teacher have a duty of adequate supervision. Any supervisory capacity carries with it the responsibility to exercise due care that is, the care of a "reasonable supervisor" for the safety of anyone who is likely to or actually does come into contact with the area under supervision. The duty entails using reasonable care in either rectifying dangerous situations or warning those who may encounter them of the possible hazards. The supervisor is not generally liable for an intentional act of his employees unless he was negligent in choosing the employee(s) involved.


  
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