Pennsylvania bill seeks safeguards for diabetic students

Posted on January 7, 2008

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A bill in the state General Assembly contains provisions to protect students who have diabetes.

Under one provision, school districts would be required to give bus drivers information identifying diabetic students, potential emergencies related to the students’ diabetes and appropriate response to such emergencies. Drivers would also be given emergency contact information for those students.

In schools, at least one staff member — other than a school nurse or physician — who has been trained in diabetes care and treatment would need to be present during school hours and at all school-sponsored activities that include a student with diabetes.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, in cooperation with the Department of Health, the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators, would need to develop guidelines for the training of school employees in diabetes care and treatment.

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