ALBANY — Imposing broader liability on school districts, the Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that schools have a continuing duty of care toward students when they are released from school custody “into a foreseeably hazardous setting.”

The decision reinstated claims on behalf of a second grader who was struck by a truck while off school property. The school allegedly violated its own policy by allowing students to begin walking home before all of its buses had left the area. The truck driver said his view was obstructed by a bus.

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