TITLE 9
Courts and Civil Procedure–Procedure Generally

CHAPTER 9-1
Causes of Action

SECTION 9-1-31


§ 9-1-31 Public school teachers, supervisors, and administrators – Immunity from liability – Compensation for certain injuries – Duty upon school committees and board of regents.

(a) Each school committee and the board of regents shall protect and save harmless

(1) any public school teacher

(2) any supervisor, administrator, or licensed professional employee

(3) any employee whose position requires a certificate from the department of education or board of regents for elementary and secondary education

(4) any employee whose position directly involves work with students

(5) any employee of the board of regents

from financial loss and expense, including legal fees and costs, if any, arising out of any claim, demand, or suit for actions resulting in accidental bodily injury to or death of any person, or in accidental damage to or destruction of property, within or without the school building, or any other acts, including but not limited to infringement of any person's civil rights, resulting in any injury, which acts are not wanton, reckless, malicious, or grossly negligent, as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, provided the teacher, supervisor, or administrator, at the time of the acts resulting in the injury, death, damages, or destruction, was acting in the discharge of his or her duties or within the scope of his or her employment or under the direction of the school committee or the board of regents.

(b) For the purpose of this section, the term "teacher" shall include any student teacher doing practice teaching under the direction of a teacher employed by a school committee or the board of regents.

(c) Each school committee and the board of regents shall protect and save harmless any teacher or any supervisor or administrator from financial loss and expense, including payment of expenses reasonably incurred for medical or other service, necessary as a result of an assault upon the teacher, supervisor, or administrator while the person was acting in the discharge of his or her duties within the scope of his or her employment or under the direction of the school committee or the board of regents, which expenses are not paid by the individual teacher's, supervisor's, or administrator's workers' compensation.

(d) Any teacher, supervisor, or administrator absent from his or her employment as a result of injury sustained during an assault upon the teacher, supervisor, or administrator that occurred while the teacher, supervisor, or administrator was discharging his or her duties within the scope of his or her employment or under the direction of the school committee or the board of regents, or for a court appearance in connection with the assault, shall continue to receive his or her full salary, while so absent, except that the amount of any workers' compensation award may be deducted from his or her salary payments during the absence. The time of the absence shall not be charged against the teacher's, supervisor's, or administrator's sick leave, vacation time, or personal leave days.

(e) A person so injured in accordance with subdivision (d) above and who receives a disability therefrom, which renders them unable to fully perform their normal duties, shall, if the disability continues for a period of one year, apply to the Rhode Island employees retirement system for appropriate benefits for which that person is entitled.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1978, ch. 221, § 1; P.L. 1980, ch. 48, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 136, § 1; P.L. 1990, ch. 341, § 1; P.L. 1997, ch. 212, § 1.)