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Amid school reopenings, COVID-19 liability protection a mounting concern

November 20, 2020

Many districts are finding themselves caught between a rock and a hard place while trying to educate students during a pandemic. Some community members are pushing back against school buildings remaining closed, while others resist when they reopen their doors. The problem leaves districts in a precarious liability situation.

One of school districts’ biggest exposures is workers’ comp, according to Lilian Vanvieldt, a senior vice president with insurance service Alliant. It hasn’t become an issue yet, since most schools kept teachers home in spring, but workers’ comp will come more into play when teachers return to school for in-person learning.

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