The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined the defendant school could not be held liable for a student’s injury during recess. There was adequate supervision. The student, who had a medical condition and was standing in an area where students were not allowed to play sports, was struck by a ball kicked by another student:
“Schools are under a duty to adequately supervise the students in their charge and they will be held liable for foreseeable injuries proximately related to the absence of adequate supervision” … . “Schools are not insurers of safety, however, for they cannot reasonably be expected to continuously supervise and control all movements and activities of students; therefore, schools are not to be held liable for every thoughtless or careless act by which one pupil may injure another'” … .
Here, the defendants established their prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law by demonstrating that they provided adequate supervision to the infant plaintiff during recess … , and, in any event, that any alleged lack of supervision was not a proximate cause of the infant plaintiff’s injuries … . Perez v Comsewogue School Dist., 2016 NY Slip Op 05488, 2nd Dept 7-13-16
NEGLIGENCE (SCHOOL NOT LIABLE FOR INJURY TO STUDENT DURING RECESS)/EDUCATION-SCHOOL LAW (SCHOOL NOT LIABLE FOR INJURY TO STUDENT DURING RECESS)/NEGLIGENT SUPERVISION (SCHOOL NOT LIABLE FOR INJURY TO STUDENT DURING RECESS)