How Will New FMCSA Diabetes Rule Affect School Bus Drivers?

Though a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration final rule that now allows commercial drivers who properly manage their diabetes to operate vehicles in interstate commerce does not explicitly apply to school bus drivers, the issue is expected to be a topic of discussion at school bus industry meetings this fall, if not sooner.

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Technology Concerns Stall School Bus Medical Rule

Due to technology concerns, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration extended certain provisions of the Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule, which establishes guidelines for reporting and processing medical information from school bus drivers and other CDL holders.

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Paper on Best-Practices for Special Needs

A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics provides best practices for ensuring safe transportation of medically fragile students on school buses. 

UPDATE — JUNE 8 — Also, in other news, the AAP board announced on May 24, the departure of Dr. Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP as CEO/Executive VP, as her three-year contract has concluded. A national search is being launched to fill the position, the board noted.

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Two School Bus Drivers Save Lives

Two bus drivers made headlines with their quick thinking and action that saved numerous lives during a medical emergency in Mississippi and a school bus fire in Missouri.