Ruling: Schools Don't Have To Shield Students

February 11, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A new court ruling says Arizona schools do not have to supervise students as they go to or from schools.

A state Court of Appeals ruling Monday upholds a trial judge's ruling in favor of a Tucson charter school in a lawsuit filed by a young woman. She was injured in 2003 when struck by a truck at a busy intersection's crosswalk while bicycling home from BASIS School Inc. The girl was a fifth-grader at the time. She sued in 2013 after she turned 18.

Her suit alleges the school was negligent because it didn't have a crossing guard at the intersection. However, the Court of Appeals said there is no general legal obligation for schools to protect students while they are away from school or not on a school-supervised activity.