Yes, in California schools are required to insure against certain liabilities. This is covered under the California Education Code.
Section 35208 (a) The governing board of any school district shall insure against:
(1) The liability, other than a liability which may be insured against under the provisions of Division 4 (commencing with Section 3200) of the Labor Code, of the district for damages for death, injury to person, or damage or loss of property; and
(2) The personal liability of the members of the board and of the officers and employees of the district for damages for death, injury to a person, or damage or loss of property caused by the negligent act or omission of the member, officer or employee when acting within the scope of his office or employment.
(b) The insurance may be written in any insurance company authorized to transact the business of insurance in the state, or in a nonadmitted insurer to the extent and subject to the conditions prescribed by Section 1763 of the Insurance Code.
(c) Nothing in this section is intended to limit or restrict the authority of the district to insure under Part 6 (commencing with Section 989) of Division 3.6 of Title 1 of the Government Code.
Section 17565. The governing board of any school district shall furnish, repair, insure against fire, and in its discretion rent the school property of its districts. The governing board may also insure the property against other perils. The insurance shall be written in any admitted insurer, or in any nonadmitted insurer to the extent and subject to the conditions prescribed in Section 1763 of the Insurance Code. Insurance on property of a district may be, in the discretion of the governing board, of the deductible type of coverage. By deductible type of coverage is meant a form of insurance under which the insurance becomes operative when the loss and damage exceeds an amount stipulated in the policy or policies. The governing board, in their notice of bid for any school district construction, may indicate that it may elect to assume the cost of fire insurance by adding the coverage to the district’s existing policy and in that event bids made on the construction shall be made in the alternative, with and without the fire insurance coverage included, and the governing board shall make its election as to who shall secure and pay for the insurance at the time of
accepting the bid.
Section 17566. (a) The governing board of any school district, by resolution, may establish a fund or funds for losses, and payments, including, but not limited to, health and welfare benefits for its employees as defined by Section 53200 of the Government Code, school district property, any liability, and workers’ compensation, in the county treasury for the purpose of covering the deductible amount under deductible types of insurance policies, losses or payments arising from self-insurance programs, or losses or payments due to noninsured perils. In the fund or funds shall be placed those sums, to be provided in the budget of the school district, that will create an amount that, together with investments made from the fund or funds, will be sufficient in the judgment of the governing board to protect the school district from those losses or to provide for payments on the deductible amount under deductible types of insurance policies, losses or payments arising from self-insurance programs, or losses or payments due to noninsured perils. Nothing in this
section shall be construed to prohibit the governing board from providing protection against those losses or liability for the payment of claims partly by means of the fund or funds and partly by means of insurance written by acceptable insurers as provided in Section 17565.
There are also provisions under California Government Code.
Government Code:Section 990. Except for a liability which may be insured against pursuant to Division 4 (commencing with Section 3200) of the Labor Code, a local public entity may:
(a) Insure itself against all or any part of any tort or inverse condemnation liability.
(b) Insure any employee of the local public entity against all or any part of his liability for injury resulting from an act or comission in the scope of his employment.
(c) Insure, contract or provide against the expense of defending a claim against the local public entity or its employee, whether or not liability exists on such claim, including a claim for damages under Section 3294 of the Civil Code or otherwise for the sake of example or by way of punishment, where such liability arose from an act or omission in the scope of his employment, and an insurance contract for such purpose is valid and binding notwithstanding Section 1668 of the Civil Code, Section 533 of the Insurance Code, or any other provision of law.