The Third Department determined there were questions of fact whether the school was negligent in supervision plaintiff kindergarten student in gym class. Infant plaintiff was instructed to jump but her feet did not leave the ground and she fell forward on her arm. Infant plaintiff had an individualized accommodation plan (504 plan) of which the gym teacher was aware:
Defendant submitted evidence demonstrating that the gym teacher was aware of the infant’s 504 plan and that there were no specific accommodations therein for physical education. The physical therapist who worked with the infant testified that she did not have any safety concerns for the infant regarding physical education. Defendant’s expert stated in an affidavit that defendant provided a safe environment for the students, and the gym teacher explained the safety rules and taught proper techniques to the students. The expert thus opined that the infant’s alleged injuries were not proximately caused by any inadequate supervision by defendant.
Meanwhile, the infant gave conflicting accounts as to whether a mat was located on the floor where she landed after jumping. The infant also testified in her hearing pursuant to General Municipal Law § 50-h that she explained to the gym teacher how she jumped at the time of the accident and, when the teacher told her that her explanation was incorrect, the infant responded that she jumped how she was instructed to do so by him. Plaintiff’s expert stated in an affidavit that the infant’s physical limitations impaired her ability to function in class and engage in physical education activities. The expert opined that, when taking into account the class size and the activities performed, defendant negligently supervised the infant by allowing her to jump without having a teacher in close proximity to her. Jaquin v Canastota Cent. Sch. Dist., 2019 NY Slip Op 06555, Third Dept 9-12-19