Students Not Allowed to Put on Sunscreen During School Field Day
Two sisters got a bad case of sunburn during a school field day because they weren’t allowed to put on sunscreen.
The school district in Tacoma, Wash., said teachers aren’t allowed to apply sunscreen to kids because it’s against the law.
According to a school district spokesman, so many additives in lotions and sunscreens cause allergic reactions in kids that they have to monitor it. They can’t even reapply sunscreen without a doctor’s note.
The FDA regulates sunscreens as an over-the-counter drug, which is why many schools don’t allow them without a doctor’s note.
Parents sending kids to summer camp and daycare should ask about sunscreen policies and make sure to put it on kids before they leave the house or get a doctor’s note.
Also, the Centers for Disease Control says half of U.S. adults under the age of 30 had a sunburn at least once in the past year, despite skin cancer warnings.
Experts think people aren’t putting on enough or they’re not re-applying it properly.