Legal responsibilities for schools when it comes to COVID-19, students

Posted at 8:34 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 23:34:49-04

NATIONAL (KTNV) — With the clock counting down to the first day of school, whether it's virtual or in-person or hybrid, the goal for many districts is to get back to the classroom eventually.

And that push is raising a lot of questions. Including if a student gets COVID-19 at school. Who is legally responsible?

While there's been no precedent during the current pandemic, attorney Natasha Scruggs says it makes things complicated.

The Rebound Las Vegas

Determining a schools' responsibility is murky because some districts have provisions that say children with an infectious disease shouldn't come to class.

Contradicting new waivers - essentially waiving a parent's right to certain legal action if their child gets COVID-19.

Scruggs says, in her opinion, the waivers wouldn't hold up in court.