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From Florida, USA:

When transporting children on a school bus, what should the driver and attendant know and do for a child with diabetes?


School bus drivers and attendants need to be aware of symptoms and treatment of hypoglycemia.


Additional comments from Lois Schmidt Finney, diabetes dietitian:

We have usually found it is a lot to ask to have the bus driver aware of a child's hypoglycemia. They have a terrrible job anyway, handling all of the other kids and some are real challenges. Some states require another adult on the bus, kind of to keep law and order, and that person would be very appropriate to be aware of hypoglycemia in a child. Otherwise, we have found it works out quite nicely if a friend of the child with diabetes has some extra education and can alert the bus driver if there is a problem. You of course have to have the correct helper child and the child with diabetes should be okay with having a buddy be available to help or get help, but it does work quite nicely.


Original posting 7 Sep 1998
Posted to Social Issues: School and Daycare


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