A woman is challenging a sunscreen ban in her local schools after her daughters (both with documented severe sun sensitivity) came back from a field trip severely burned. The school has a policy that teachers cannot apply sunscreen to students, and students can only apply it to themselves with a doctor's note because of the possible additives in sunscreen. The mom is horrified and fuming with the school that they wouldn't let the girls put sunscreen on, when they were clearly burning. She is also trying to get the rule revoked.
WDYT? Does she have a right to be mad at the school? Do you think it's a valid ban to begin with? What about medications in general? At what age (if any) should kids at school be allowed to administer their own medications witout having to go to the nurse?
I don't think she has a right to be mad at the school. Even if it's a policy she doesn't agree with, she knew the policy and had ample time to get a note from the girls' doctor (since it is diagnosed) that says they should be able to use sunscreen when they want.
That being said, I do find it kind of strange. I would agree with a rule that says kids should only use the sunscreen they brought themselves, but not a rule that says they can't use it without a doctor's note. If a note is necessary, I think a parent note should suffice. It's lame that you'd have to go to the doctor and waste his/her time just to get a note that says your kid should be able to put on sunscreen at school.
ETA Apparently 49 states have schools with similar sunscreen bans.