The summer sun raises red flags to parents to lather on the sunscreen, but many are getting a last-minute lesson on the law when it comes to protecting their kids from sunburn in school. In most states, it's *illegal* to send kids to school with sunscreen!
Severely sunburned at school, 11-yr-old-Violet and 9-yr-old Zoe Michener came home from five hours in the blazing sun at field day so burned their mother rushed them to the hospital.
Jesse Michner says teachers are allowed to apply sunscreen on themselves, but kids are forbidden. They aren't even allowed to bring it to school.
They couldn't even reapply sunscreen without a doctor's note. They couldn't carry that in their back backs. They couldn't even wear hats, because hats aren't allowed at school.
This Tacoma School district is not alone in banning sunscreen because the
FDA regulates sunscreen as an over-the-counter drug. Many states don't allow it without a doctor's note.
"Because so many additives in lotions and sunscreens cause allergic reaction in children, you have to really monitor that," said Dan Voelpel, Tacoma School District spokesman.
But it's a policy that baffles doctors
I can't see any justification for any school to tell a child that they are not allowed to apply sunscreen to protect themselves from the harmful UV rays that we know cause skin cancer," said Dr. Doris Day, Dermatologist. "There's just no reason for it."