A court has rejected the appeal of a former Kennewick School District employee who sued after slipping on ice at an elementary school in 2009.
Jerelyn Biorn sued the district after she slipped in the staff parking lot at Canyon View Elementary School. She claimed the district failed to properly clear the lot and make it safe, court documents said.
A judge previously sided with the district, noting that the district was adhering to its snow removal policy that day and that none of the other 65 to 70 employees at the school reported icy conditions in the lot.
Biorn argued that the court ignored evidence showing the school district was aware of the icy conditions. However, the Washington Court of Appeals said the district performed its maintenance duties properly.
"A rational jury could reasonably conclude the dangerous ice beneath the snow had not been called to the school district's attention and knowledge," said the ruling.