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San Antonio-Area School District: Do Not Bring Sunscreen to School

Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 09:22 AM CDT

Christy Riggs is upset. Her 10-year-old-daughter went on a school field trip recently and came back with a sun burn. Riggs says the Northeast Independent School District did not allow her to bring sunscreen with her to reapply.

Riggs says skin cancer runs in her family, in fact, her father recently passed away from it.  But, Northeast ISD says sunscreen is considered a medication, and a student would need to bring a doctor's note in order to have sunscreen at school. "Typically sunscreen is a toxic substance, and we can't allow toxic things in to be in our schools," says Northeast ISD spokesperson Aubrey Chancellor. "But when you have a school field trip or a field day which they're out there for an extended period of time, they should be allowed to carry sunscreen and reapply," says Riggs.

Chancellor says if parents know their child may be outdoors, they should come to school fully covered in sunscreen. "We have to look at the safety of all of our students and we can't allow children to share sunscreen, they could possibly have an allergic reaction, they could ingest it, it's really a dangerous situation," she says.

"Where do you draw the line, do we say no hand sanitizer, do we allow to stop school glue? When you have several hundred children on field day being burnt, then you have to ask ourselves, what do you want, them to be safe or not?" says Riggs.

Northeast ISD says it reviews school policies after each school year ends, and they may revisit this policy that deals with sunscreen. But at this time, unless a child has a doctor's note, they are not allowed to bring it to school.

San Antonio-Area School District: Do Not Bring Sunscreen to School


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