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Girls badly sunburned at school: Do you think kids need a doctor's note to use sunscreen?

Posted by Kristi Palma  June 28, 2012 07:06 AM

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A mother in Tacoma, Wash. is outraged after her two little girls, ages 11 and 9, were badly burned this week while playing outside in the sun for five hours during a field day at school. According to this CBS report, teachers did not apply sunscreen to their skin because it was against school policy.

The student handbook posted on the Tacoma school district's website states that a physician must authorize all medications, even over-the-counter ones, and those medications must be kept in the nurse's office in a locked cabinet.

Mom Jesse Michener told the media she did not apply sunscreen before school because it was raining in the morning so she didn't think the field day would be held outside. And she wasn't aware of the school's medication policy.


What do you think of the school's policy?

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