Apparently in some school districts, sunscreen is seen as a medicine and must have a doctors signed note so that the child can apply it. This has one mom fuming after her daughter came home with second degree sunburn after being outside during their field day. She said it was cloudy when they left so she didn't send them with it but would have thought the school would have allowed it once the sun came out. Apparently not. The daughter came home severely sunburned.
So do you think sunscreen should have a medical note or should the students be allowed to put it on? Do you think that you should just put it on them before they leave regardless of the weather?
Now this happened in Washington State and according to it the only state that doesn't require a Drs note is California. However, my kids school always tell you to bring and apply sunscreen before any major outdoor activity esspecially for those that are fair skinned. At the same time I feel the mother should have applied it before they even left for school seeing how the daughter has a form of albinism regardless of if its raining or not. I guess since I was born and raised here in Florida I know you can still get burn to a crisp even if its overcast and rainy.
Our school does the same, they allow kids to bring sunscreen. On the flip side if the mother knew this would be an outdoor activity all day knowing her kids could get sunburned, myself, I would rather they did NOT participate in such activty. Even though my daughter dosen't burn she has major problems when it comes to sun exposure, being heat exhaustion and passing out. Knowing this, I would rather her stay home for the day. As parents we should know what is best for our kids, hile I feel bad for the girls the mother should have known beter.
Because I too know you can get really badly burned on a cloudy day I most likely would have put sunscreen any way. Just to be safe... I could understand if she didn't want her children to feel left out but sometimes as the parent you have to make the right choices. Don't assume the school will do it for you.. I think if my children had the sensitivity that they do I would have asked first... My son is fair skinned like his dad and I always put sunscreen on no matter when we are at the beach or going to be outside fishing or something. It can be a bad sunburn in a heartbeat...
I absolutely agree...the mom should have applied it before sending her to school. Even if it was cloudy...it's not like it would have hurt her to do it just in case. My son has a slight allergy to the sun (it causes red rash like sores on any part of him that's not covered when he's exposed for long periods of time) so anytime he's going to be outside for long periods (more than just school recess) he takes an antihistamine (spelling??). If he were to have a field day at school, clouds or not, you can bet that he takes his medicine before he leaves the house. Better safe than sorry, right?
The parent is responsponsible for making sure her child is ready for the activities that may be occuring at school. Some parents prefer to shift their responsibilities to anyone but themselves.