The recent news that Saratoga schools will be canceling recess highlights the unfortunate effects of litigation fears. The Times Union shared a letter to the editor today written by LRANY Executive Director, Tom Stebbins, in which he discusses this situation.
“Kudos to the editorial condemning Saratoga schools for canceling recess in the name of child safety (“No recess from common sense,” Oct. 14). However, the editorial didn’t mention the very real elephant in the room: liability and the threat of lawsuits.
Schools are often the target of lawsuits. As the Times Union recently reported (“Lawsuits extract $1B from localities a year,” July 27), our municipalities pay out over a billion a year in settlements and judgments, and our schools are similarly threatened with litigation.”