Texas Student Not Allowed to Bring Sunscreen

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(CNN) — One Texas parent says her child wasn’t allowed to bring sunscreen to campus, and suffered burns as a consequence.

Parent, Christy Riggs is upset.  Her 10 year old daughter went on a school field trip recently and came back sun burned.  Riggs says Northeast Independent School District  policy didn’t allow her daughter to bring sunscreen to reapply .

Riggs says, “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.”

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 needs to have a doctor’s note for children to have sunscreen at school.

NEISD Spokesperson, Aubrey Chancellor said, “- Typically sunscreen is a toxic substance, and we can’t allow toxic things in to be in our schools ”

Chancellor says if parents know their child may be outdoors, they should come to school fully covered in sunscreen.   At this time, she says, sunscreen can’t be brought by students to school campuses.

Chancellor said, “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. ”

Riggs responds, “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. ”

Northeast ISD says every year they do review school policies, 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.

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