Kent City Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

4160D - BUS DRIVER QUALIFICATIONS – DIABETES EXCEPTION

To operate a school bus, a person must meet the qualifications set forth in Sections 49 and 51 of the Michigan Pupil Transportation Act (MCL 257.49 & 257.51) and in the regulations for the Motor Carrier Safety Act (49 C.F.R. 391.41-391.49), including all appendices. However, the requirement to not be insulin dependent for diabetes does not apply in the following situations:

 A.The driver has been granted a waiver under MCL 480.13; or

 B.The driver was employed as a school bus driver as of June 22, 2010, diabetes is noted at the time of examination, and the requirements listed below are met.

  1.The driver has been evaluated and treated for diabetes by a physician and has visited the physician at least two (2) times in the year before the physician completes a survey as required in item 2, below.

  2.A physician has completed a physician’s information survey about the driver on the form prepared by the State Department of Education.

  3.The answers to the physician’s information survey indicate that all of the following apply:

   a.The driver knows what to do if s/he has a hypoglycemic reaction.

   b.The driver can accurately describe the type, frequency, and peak action of his/her insulin or oral agent.

   c.The driver understands the importance of spacing meals and snacks and of not misusing meals.

   d.The driver knows how to and, to the physician’s knowledge, does follow his/her meal plan.

   e.The physician has discussed with the driver the driver’s history of hypoglycemic reactions.

   f.The driver is able to recognize signs or symptoms of hypoglycemia in himself/herself.

   g.The driver always carries an easily accessible source of sugar or simple carbohydrate.

  4.The physician’s information survey indicates that the driver has not had a hypoglycemic reaction severe enough to interfere with the ability to safely drive and control a school bus in the year before the physician completed the physician’s survey. This subparagraph does not apply if the reaction occurred when therapy was initiated and the driver has learned how to manage therapy without incident.

  5.The physician’s information survey indicates that the driver has not been admitted to a hospital or been seen in an emergency department or urgent care facility for a severe hypoglycemic reaction in the year before the physician completed the physician’s survey. This does not apply if the reaction occurred when therapy was initiated and the driver has learned how to manage therapy without incident.

  6.The physician’s information survey indicates that in the physician’s professional opinion, the driver’s diabetes is at least adequately controlled.

  7.If the driver is using insulin or other hypoglycemic agents, the driver has completed a driver’s information survey on the form prepared by the State Department of Education.

  8.The driver remains under adequate medical supervision.

  9.The driver supplies supplemental physician’s and driver’s information surveys annually.

M.C.L. 257.49, 257.51, 480.13
49 C.F.R. 391.41-.49

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