School officials and staff are required to provide a special duty of care to students to make sure they are kept from harm's way. To do so, they will take on the responsibility of hiring enough staff members to supervise the students on the premises. This duty is reflected on all school district employees. The main objective of this is to ensure that the students are in a safe school environment.
To make sure that this goal is met, it is important to hire applicants that fit the appropriate qualifications of what the school district is looking for. Thus, background checks are an essential factor during the hiring process. Schools need to make sure that they are doing these checks when hiring staff members to know whether or not they fit with the standards established by the school district.
Additionally, the school is civilly liable for a student being sexually abused while they knew, or should have known about the situation, or if the offender had a history of exhibiting inappropriate behavior. Now, when it comes to bullying, it takes on a more difficult route. A school may be considered at risk of legal action if they were aware or had notice of a severe bullying issue and failed to prevent it from continuing.