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Title 16: Education

Chapter 53: CONTRACT, COMPENSATION AND SICK LEAVE

Sub-Chapter 01: General Provisions

16 V.S.A. § 1756. Protection of school directors, teachers, employees and board members in damage suits



§ 1756. Protection of school directors, teachers, employees and board members in damage suits

(a) A town, city, incorporated or union school district, and a supervisory union shall indemnify and save harmless to the extent of the policy limits provided in subsection (b) of this section, any person employed by the school district and any member of its executive, supervisory or administrative staff, including without limitation members of the board of school directors of the district, from financial loss and expense, including reasonable legal fees and costs, if any, arising out of any claim, demand, suit or judgment by reason of alleged negligence or other act resulting in accidental injury to a person or accidental damage to or destruction of property, within or without the school building, provided such indemnified person at the time of the accident resulting in such injury, damage or destruction, was acting in the discharge of his or her duties within the scope of his or her employment or under the direction of the board of school directors or the supervisory union board of directors as the case may be.

(b) Each board of school directors or supervisory union board of directors shall insure against the liability imposed upon it by this section in any insurance company organized in this state or in any insurance company of another state authorized by law to write such insurance in this state, or through participation in an intermunicipal insurance agreement established under 24 V.S.A. chapter 121, subchapter 6, with minimum coverage in the form of a comprehensive general liability policy including liability for the operation of owned and nonowned motor vehicles and including the employees as additional insureds and with minimum limits of not less than $500,000.00 per person and $2 million per occurrence for bodily injury and for property damage.

(c) Each board of school directors or supervisory union board of directors required to insure against the liability imposed upon it by this section shall furnish proof of insurance with the minimum limits herein prescribed to the commissioner of education and such proof shall be evidence of the insuring against the liability and property damage required by this section. In the event of cancellation, 30 days' notice of cancellation is to be given to the commissioner of education. (Added 1969, No. 123; amended 1975, No. 48, § 13, eff. April 15, 1975; 1975, No. 100, § 1; 2003, No. 36, § 12; 2003, No. 107 (Adj. Sess.), § 10, eff. Jan. 1, 2005; 2005, No. 182 (Adj. Sess.), § 5.)