7 Liability Landmines That Every Educator Should Avoid
According to a recent American Tort Reform Association survey, almost one-third of all high school principals have been named in a lawsuit, compared to only nine percent just 10 years ago. Typical allegations that educators must defend themselves against include:
Failure to supervise a classroom
Breaches of duty, neglect, errors or omissions
Failure to respond to or prevent bullying activities
We know that most schools operate day-to-day without a hitch and that most employees who work in education want to make a difference and show up on the job intending to do their jobs as well as possible. But, because of challenges educators face daily – such as the increasing lack of respect for authority in our society, students and parents who are trauma survivors, cyber and physical bullying, and the pervasive use of social media – school culture has become more volatile than ever. Unfortunately, it is simply naive to think that just because an educator is trying to do a good job, that he or she is immune from being sued. This 90-minute webinar will open your eyes to liability landmines that every educator should know about and avoid.
Learn how to avoid being sued for personal injury negligence.
Understand the ins and outs of employment discrimination claims.
Discover the grounds for harassment and bullying claims and what you need to do to avoid a suit.
Understand what constitutes a breach of duty, error or omission in the world of education.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Principals, Assistant Principals, & Administrators
School Counselors (PK-12)
Student Support Personnel
School Climate Directors
Safety, Security, Loss Control, Risk Managers
Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents
About Steve LePok:
Steve LePock has over 28 years of experience directly related to risk management, occupational safety, industrial hygiene and loss control. Currently, he is responsible for the overall safety and health compliance for over 15,000 employees and over 68,000 students (K-12) in 94 facilities of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) – the third largest school division in the state of Virginia. Mr. LePock also coordinates risk identification programs related to school division properties and operations to reduce potential losses from workers’ compensation, automobile, general liability and property insurance issues, as well as ensuring OSHA compliance.
Steve earned a safety engineering degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Fairmont State University. He is a past president of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) – Greater Tidewater Chapter and the Virginia Public Risk Management Association (VA PRIMA).
Mr. LePock strongly believes that a culture of safety is a paramount trait of any public entity’s success and effectiveness in carrying out its core mission.