School Sunscreen Ban Leaves Student Severely Sunburned
According to the article all states but California have a ban on sunscreen in schools (without a doctor's note.)
Do you consider the ban reasonable or not?
If not, do you believe that school districts should be held liable for injuries due to severe sunburns?
That is crazy! Robbie's school is going to the splash park tomorrow for the end of school year party and on the items to bring it says sun screen!
When we know so much about the damaging sun rays I am so surprised that schools wouldn't insist on it.
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This is scary to me. My oldest DD is very fair, like me, and would burn very bad if out in the sun without reapplying. I think parents can teach kids pretty early how to put it on themselves, so teachers would not have to be in charge at all. My 5 year old puts it on every time she goes outside and doesnt need to be reminded to reapply. This is another reason I am glad my kids go to private school, they are allowed and encouraged to bring their own anytime they will be outside.
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Wow, I didn't know other states have a ban on sunscreen, that's just insane! However, I do wonder why the mom didn't get a doctor's note, especially for her daughter who has a form of albinism and is at a higher risk of burning? That seems kind of irresponsible for her. And she could have volunteered for field day so she could apply sunscreen, or not let the girls go to field day at all. The risk of skin cancer is dramatically increased by even just one serious sunburn. I wouldn't have risked it, especially if my child had albinism.
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I think it is crazy that the school won't even allow them to carry sunscreen and use it themselves. I know they let kids bring sunscreen when my son's K class went to the park, they even put a reminder in the note about the field trip. They even have these new roll on applicators now that are like chapstick only about the size of the large glue stick that would be easy for a child to carry in their pocket and apply on their own. We used these when we went to Disney World last week and they were great!
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Yeah, mom is partially at fault here too.Mother Jesse Michener of Tacoma, Wash. said she regrets not putting sunscreen on them that morning since it was raining.
When my friend's son was in 4th grade she went rounds with the principal over the sunscreen issue. She didn't know at the time that ed. code specifically allows for sunscreen and hats. The onus is on the students to take care of applying it.
In the case in the OP, why didn't the girl get out of the sun sooner? That is a really bad burn - it had to have hurt long before she got home. Likewise, a school employee should have noticed.
I think it is crazy.
At our preschool, we provide the sunscreen and sign a waiver that the child has used that brand before with no adverse reactions. After that, they put the appropriate bottle on each kid before they go out in the morning and afternoon. I'm not sure at what age I would say it is the child's responsibility to reapply. My oldest daughter would do it now but she might also use the whole tube/bottle. By 6-8, I would trust her I think. I burn after 20 minutes outside so I put sunscreen on in the morning and if I'm outside, I reapply regularly. Kids haven't burned yet but i hope they don't burn like me.
I think part of school is to teach you how to act and prepare for certain situations. A day outside should have a remider for sunscreen, water and a hat.
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I think it is stupid that schools around the US can't put sunscreen on kids. I put it on my kiddo before she leaves but she's only gone for a few hours.
But mom deserves some blame here. You could have put sunscreen on if there was a chance they were still going outside and also why there wasn't a signed note for sunblock for a child with albinism is beyond me.
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I can't believe the school forbids hats for an outdoor excursion... banning hats being worn at (ie inside) school, absolutely... but to have to wear outside at recess/etc?? Hogwash. And not allowing kids to wear/bring their own sunscreen. Hogwash again.
I fully agree with those who said that the mother bears some of the blame here... actually, I'd go as far as to say most the blame. She has a child with a medical condition that makes her more susceptible to burning/etc., why on earth would she not have already had a doctor's note in place a that the school stating the child requires sunscreen outside?!?!? That is the mother's responsibility to get. Not the school's. Or why not dress them in long pants/shirts to reduce the exposure of bare skin? And anytime you go outside for an extended period of time without sun protection you run the risk of burning... that is common knowledge. Even applying the sunscreen before they left would've been better than nothing!
At our school we do recommend sunscreen and hats for outside. The school is not allowed (without permission) to apply sunscreen to a child who did not bring their own due to the risk of allergic reaction/etc., however, children are allowed to bring both and apply their own sunscreen. I have a child who reacts to some sunscreens... she gets a rash... so we try to stick with ones we KNOW she doesn't react to... but, and maybe I'm in the minority, if she didn't have any and she used the school's/someone else's and reacted, I wouldn't flip out... honestly, a rash for a couple days is minor compared to a severe sunburn (heck, *I* have used the wrong sunscreen on her and she got a rash! LOL), I'd just be happy they were thinking of her well being!