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AAP Releases Policy Statement

Today the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy statement entitled: The School Bus Transportation of Children With Special Health Care Needs. With this statement, they provide current guidance for the protection of child passengers with specific health care needs.
Guidance that applies to general school transportation should be followed, inclusive of staff training, provision of nurses or aides if needed, and establishment of a written emergency evacuation plan as well as a comprehensive infection control program. Researchers provide the basis for recommendations concerning occupant securement for children in wheelchairs and children with other special needs who are transported on a school bus. Pediatricians can help their patients by being aware of guidance for restraint systems for children with special needs and by remaining informed of new resources. Pediatricians can also play an important role at the state and local level in the development of school bus specifications.

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