Teacher Negligence
Stefanie Schmitz and Rebecca Troop
TED 420 Summer 2010
Dr. Scheurman

PDF on teacher negligence: http://www.plu.edu/~labsafe/doc/negligence-duites.pdf


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DEFINITION OF NEGLIGENCE
Conduct that falls below a standard of care established by laws to protect others against
unreasonable harm.

The teacher has three basic duties related to the concept of negligence:
1. Duty of Instruction
2. Duty of Supervision
3. Duty of Maintenance

TYPES OF NEGLIGENCE
1. Malfeasance – doing what should not have been done.
Example: Instructing students to use benzene or carbon tetrachloride in solubility
experiments.
2. Misfeasance – performing a lawful act improperly.
Example: Instructing students or pour water into a beaker of sulfuric acid to
prepare a more dilute solution.
3. Nonfeasance – Failing to do what should be done.
Example: Allowing students to perform flame tests without wearing safety goggles.


PRUDENT PRACTICES TO REDUCE TEACHER LIABILITY
1. Develop a safety plan and put it in writing, then circulate it to superiors.
2. Keep records of your activities. Demonstrate that you are progressing through points on
the safety plan.
3. Document all accidents and the actions you took in response.
4. Keep records of prior activities.
5. Conduct regular inspections of work area, identifying potential problems. Inform
supervisors of problems and actions that would correct hem. Do this in writing.
6. Assume responsibility by:
Selecting safe experiments
Explaining safe practices to students
Maintaining discipline
Not delegating authority
7. Anticipate potential hazards and eliminate them before you suffer adverse consequences.

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