New law gives school bus drivers, crossing guards immunity when administering EpiPen

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new law will help keep kids with severe allergies safe going to and from school.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Act 2 of 2017, which gives school bus drivers and crossing guards civil immunity when administering EpiPens to students experiencing an allergic reaction.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Justin Simmons, who represents parts of Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties.

Under the law, a school bus driver or crossing guard must complete a training program first to be qualified to use the EpiPen.

It does not require districts or bus companies to enact an EpiPen policy.

The law takes effect in 60 days.

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