Schools are now required to have an additional trained swimming instructor or lifeguard watching the pool during any swim lesson, practice or competition. That person would be watching the water specifically for any students who appear to be in distress.
Hartford attorney Carlton L. Hume, who is representing both families, says the incidents last year show that teachers need more help watching all students in the pool because they’re busy with other tasks, including taking roll and setting up for a lesson.
“They (the families) are pleased that something is being done and they hope this is adequate to prevent this kind of tragedy from striking another family,” Hume says. “The teacher can’t be wearing that many hats at the same time. To the extent that this particular law allows teachers to focus, that’s an improvement.”
Both families, however, have given notice of their intent to sue the school districts.