Act 2 of 2017, Administration of Epinephrine Auto-injectors by School Bus Drivers and School Crossing Guards, was signed by Governor Tom Wolf on May 16, 2017. The law allows school bus drivers and school crossing guards to administer epinephrine auto-injectors to students if their employers choose to permit them to do so. The law requires the Department of Health to develop and implement a training program for school bus drivers and school crossing guards who are permitted and choose to be trained to administer epinephrine by auto-injector to students.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are school bus drivers and school crossing guards required to take this training?
A: No. The training is required only if the school bus drivers and school crossing guards choose, and are permitted by their employer (school, contractor, or municipality), to be trained to administer epinephrine by auto-injector to students. The law also requires that, if an employer chooses to permit a school bus driver and/or school crossing guard to administer epinephrine, then the employer must develop policies to address the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors to students by school bus drivers and school crossing guards.
Q: Can school bus drivers and school crossing guards administer epinephrine auto-injectors to staff, adults and visitors?
A: The law only addresses administration of epinephrine to students.
Q: How often must this course be taken?
A: While the law requires training, it does not address how often the training should be repeated or how competency should be evaluated. The Department of Health recommends that individuals re-take the course every two years and that local policies establish some means of determining competence following training.
Below is a link to the Department of Health approved training for administration of epinephrine auto-injectors by school bus drivers and school crossing guards. Any of the approved training courses listed on the Division of School Health’s website may be used for training. The approved courses are available on the approved courses page. We recommend using the “CARE Course” for non-medically trained persons. Register on the Allergy Ready website for a user account. Once registered, select the “CARE Course” from the top of the page to begin the course. Upon completion of the course and successfully passing the “Review Quiz,” the user can print a “Certificate of Participation” by clicking on the “Get Certificate” button.
A return demonstration of using the device(s) is necessary to ensure the person knows the proper technique for administering the auto-injector. Training and return demonstration should consist of all of the different devices a person would be expected to administer.