Why Is Sunscreen Forbidden For Kids At Some Schools And Camps?

Sunscreen is a friend to fair and dark complexions alike, protecting its wearers from sunburn and other forms of skin damage. So why would schools and camps ban kids from carrying the stuff without a doctor’s note? After a recent story of a mom horrified that her two daughters were severely sunburned after a school field day, claiming no adults gave them sunscreen or provided shade, these policies are getting closer scrutiny.

USA Today says the mother who complained of the sunscreen policy at her kids’ school has prompted a change at that school, after a state law was tweaked to give schools some leeway on how they handle over-the-counter drugs.

Sunscreen rules turn out to be common and are usually the result of state and local rules that prevent kids from bringing any drug, including non-prescription drugs to school. Sunscreens are regulated as over-the-counter drugs and are treated like aspirin.

Policies vary, with some treating sunscreen application at a school as they would any other fragrance product, and forbid its use or distribution to avoid allergic reactions.

But one expert from the  American Academy of Dermatology says allergy concerns shouldn’t be an issue, telling USA Today: “Sunscreen allergies are no more common than allergies to soap. Are schools going to take soap out of their bathrooms?”

Adults can also get in trouble for inappropriately touching children if they help apply sunscreen, which is why it’s often forbiden at camps for staffers or even other kids from coating it on each other.

If you’re worried about your kids, make sure to check with the school or camp on their sunscreen policies before sending them off into the hot summer sun. Sunburn is fun for no one.

Sunscreen forbidden at schools and camps [USA Today]

 

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  1. MCerberus says:

    It seems this entire article could have been one word “lawyers”.

    • Marlin says:

      Lawyers follow orders so 2 words I think are better fitting…

      “helicopter parents”

      • FredKlein says:

        Try “Zero Tolerance” [for drugs, which they bizarrely classify sunscreen as].

        • eyesack is the boss of the DEFAMATION ZONE says:

          Yup. When I was in high school they decided to enact a zero-tolerance policy. the explanation was that it had become impossible to tell the difference between someone popping legitimate pills vs. hard drugs.

          Here’s a great way to tell if someone is taking hard drugs: See whether they’re high.

        • mikedt says:

          This is the real problem. Why is the school system classifying sunscreen as a drug. I don’t care what the FDA classifies it. I’m guessing since it’s not food the FDA consider it a drug – but the school system should use some sense (I know, a lot to ask for).

          • shepd says:

            So, just let the school decide what is a drug and what isn’t, and just ignore the FDA? And when schools decide that caffeine is a drug and take away your 15 year old’s iced tea… you’re OK with that, yes?

            • poco says:

              *passes you a tinfoil hat*

            • JEDIDIAH says:

              Dumping “government definitions”? That might not be a bad idea. They might actually start using sane or even vernacular definitions rather than things cooked up by industry lobbyists.

              Ketchup and pizza could be removed from the list of vegetables.

              Sunscreen is not a trivial matter. Some kids can end up in the ER from sunburn. With all of the hysteria over peanuts, you think they could spare some for 2nd degree sunburn.

            • mikedt says:

              To be honest with you that wouldn’t bother me. When I was in school the ONLY time you had a beverage was during lunch or quick stops at the water fountain during class breaks. Kids shouldn’t be drinking soda pop all day long. It’s not good for their teeth, bones, and if sweetened, their fat bellies. And 100 lb kids should probably not be ingesting several coffee cups worth of caffeine a day.

              So back the original problem of drug/not-drug. Here’s a simple rule, if it doesn’t go into their body (mouth, anus, nose) it’s probably safe to say the student doesn’t have a drug.

        • cspschofield says:

          I have slowly come to the realization that “Zero Tolerance” is an excuse to expand petty authority without accepting any additional responsibility. The mother of the sunburned girls needs to do more than sue. She needs to press charges of child endangerment, on everybody from the teachers on the scene to whatever admin twit made the rule in the first place.

          • StarKillerX says:

            My question would be, did she apply sunscreen before they left for school that day for a field day? They are scheduled days so it shouldn’t be a surprise to any parent and if she sent them to school that day for a field day without any sunscreen on then she’s in no position to point the finger at anyone else.

            • kewpie says:

              This. Since when is it the school’s responsibility to provide sunscreen to students? Sunscreen is expensive; who is supposed to pay for it? The school district isn’t going to do it. Should the teachers pay out of their own pocket?

              Banning it as a drug is silly, but so is expecting the school district to provide your child with sunscreen–especially since not all parents want their kids covered in toxic goo. A recent study suggests sunscreen may cause more cancer than it prevents: http://www.aolnews.com/2010/05/24/study-many-sunscreens-may-be-accelerating-cancer/

              • Bob says:

                1. Applying screening at 7AM does NOT work for sun exposure at 2-4PM. It has to be reapplied every two hours, according to the instructions on the sunscreen bottle. I’m not saying their Mom did but I am saying that if she had it would make little difference.
                2. Their Mom is forbidden to send sunscreen with them for application during the afternoon. Why? Because the school already classifies this as a drug so without a doctor’s note and other ridiculous paperwork that she could never get done that day, she cannot send “the drug” with them.
                3. Therefore if they require sunscreen the school has to provide it because of their silly “zero tolerance, zero brains” rules.
                4. Also sunscreen is proven to prevent or reduce the severity of the sunburn.
                5. The kids in question were prevented from shielding themselves by the teachers from the sun even though they were having an extreme sunburn. Even hats were banned.
                6. So what else could the Mother do?

      • RvLeshrac says:

        Really? You think “Helicopter Parenting” includes “Not wanting your children to get skin cancer”?

      • little stripes says:

        wtf does helicopter parenting have to do with it?

        I really hope you put sunscreen on YOUR kids, if you have any.

      • smo0 says:
    • chicagojay says:

      Or, perhaps “government”… “state law”

    • Phred says:

      My take is “zero common sense.”

  2. daemonaquila says:

    This is just idiocy. Kids can’t be kept hostage to helicopter parents’ hysterics over potential allergies. They have to use soap before and during school. They use hand lotion, perfume, hair spray, clothes detergent, and a slew of other products that also can theoretically cause problems for a minute number of others. It’s ridiculous for kids to get hurt just because some schools want to cover their butts in the extremely unlikely event that another kid will get a rash or some mild asthmatic response. I’m hoping the parents of the kids who actually get burned will start suing the schools. That’ll stop this policy mighty quickly.

    • RvLeshrac says:

      They *SHOULD* ban perfumes and fragrant lotions. Not because there are allergies, but to teach this shits that they’re unnecessary.

      They grow up, enter the workforce, and no one has ever taught them not to roll around in a gallon of Axe Body Spray.

      • AtlantaCPA says:

        I sometimes want to tell coworkers “If I’m not your wife I should not be smelling your fragrance.” For some reason it’s always men who use too much.

        • CalicoGal says:

          There are PLENTY of women who marinate in fragrance. Especially old ladies who are seated next to me in restaurants.

      • Willow16 says:

        I used to drive a middle school boy to school who would douse himself in Axe in the morning. In freezing temperatures I would my window rolled down because I have allergies to things like this. I did ask his mother to talk to him about it and he did stop wearing it when I drove him.

  3. Nobby says:

    I’d think folks would be more concerned about potentially negative effects from the seemingly surgically attached cellphones kids use 4+ hours a day. But that’s just me.

    • Cerne says:

      Not just you. Plenty of morons agree with you.

      • chefboyardee says:

        Name-calling is not necessary. The research is not clear in either direction and the FCC is planning to re-open that area of study.

        http://www.technewsworld.com/story/75407.html

        • eyesack is the boss of the DEFAMATION ZONE says:

          So, what you’re saying is that any attempt to isolate environmental sources of cancer is a total wash? Agreed.

          What I don’t agree with is that the default response to that is “OMG CANCER!!”

          I remember finding out one day that bread and rice caused cancer. What’s the smart response to that?

        • Cerne says:

          Sorry but the research has shown a total lack of correlation between cell phone use and cancer. Basic physics and biology show that the radiation emitted by your phone is not on the same wavelength as cancerous radiation. Anyone who believes otherwise is either stupid or paranoid.

          I stand by original definition.

  4. oldwiz65 says:

    There are people with soap allergies; therefore there should be no soap in any school bathroom! Think of the children!

    /sarcasm

  5. Nobby says:

    Who’s rights are more important?

  6. GrayMatter says:

    “Adults can also get in trouble for inappropriately touching children if they help apply sunscreen, which is why it’s often forbiden at camps for staffers or even other kids from coating it on each other.”

    Much of this problem can be addressed by using the Boy Scouts approach to “Youth Protection”, a program that would have eliminated the problem with a certain coach out east. The sum of it is, “Don’t be alone with the child”.
    –Sun Screen? Make sure another adult is nearby.
    –Child needs talking? Do it in public; out of earshot if necessary.

    It may sound simple, and there are times when it is an added nuisance to find the second adult, but once you are attuned to it, it becomes second nature.

  7. VeryFroid says:

    Free advice, is the best sort of advice.

    Apparently, not everybody is free to wear sunscreen !

  8. StarfishDiva says:

    Simple effing solution.

    Spray-on sunscreen. My son’s school requires we apply the sunscreen before they go to school for field day, but I met with my son’s K5 teacher and sent handouts getting the parents to sign off on spray suntan lotion, and that proper shielding for eyes (sunglasses) must be provided.

    I know there are still loopholes, but that worked for us. We used a single bottle of unscented spray, and the kids were protected, including my albino.

    Oh, and not any touching? Kids could spin in a circle to help it dry better.

    Does that work for you guys? What did you try?

    • chefboyardee says:

      see my comment a few lines up about being careful with spray sunscreen. definitely don’t want your kid turning into a human fireball!

  9. lucyrickyalex says:

    “Sunscreen allergies are no more common than allergies to soap. Are schools going to take soap out of their bathrooms?”

    YOU FOOL! You’re just giving them ideas!

  10. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    From the article

    The girls have extremely fair skin, and none of the adults at the event offered them sunscreen — or shade, for that matter — as a rainy day turned sunny, Michener, 37, wrote in a post in her blog, Life.Photographed, that got nationwide attention. More than a week later, their skin still is peeling and red, Michener told USA TODAY Wednesday: “It’s appalling.”

    What the article didn’t say was whether the mother in question applied sunscreen to the girls before they went on the field trip.

    But – this is a good example of common sense falling by the wayside. Since when did wearing sunscreen and a hat to protect your skin from the sun, especially if you’re very fair skinned, become being a drug abuser and gang affiliate?

    • VintageLydia says:

      Sunscreen still only lasts a couple hours so even if they were protected at the start of the trip, they still would’ve gotten burned.

      • ChuckECheese says:

        Many sunscreens last all day.

        • RvLeshrac says:

          You shouldn’t apply those to children.

        • Bob says:

          Applying sunscreen at 7AM does NOT adequately protect people at 1, 2, or 3PM. By 3PM the wonderful budget SPF60 sunscreen might be working at an SPF2 to 4, at best. Read the bottle! Most of them say reapply every two hours. Some “sweatproof” ones say reapply every 3 or 4 hours if you are not sweating, but most people don’t buy these.

          Lessons learned here:

          1. Use the “sweatproof” unscented sunscreen if you know you cannot reapply. That should give you some, but not complete, protection from sunburns.
          2. Go to your principle or school board to change the rules to allow sunscreen and hats for all “field days” where the activity is outside.

      • dpeters11 says:

        And from what I read, when they left that morning it was raining. So likely would need reapplied, even if “waterproof”.

        • dks64 says:

          They likely weren’t out in the rain anyway. If the Mom had applied at least ONE layer on her kids, they likely wouldn’t have been burned.

          • Coleoptera Girl says:

            I disagree. They probably wouldn’t have been burned as badly, but they still probably would have been burned badly enough. I know from experience, have seen it happen several times with my younger brother over the years.

            • Smiling says:

              I have a very fair skinned red head and applied hers in the morning on field day. They were outside all day and she did not get burned.

              • JEDIDIAH says:

                All it takes to wash off the best sunblock is one good sweat. Depending on the climate, you may not even notice this happening. If you are prone to 2nd degree sun burn, you can’t just assume that one application in the morning is good enough.

                Most people including doctors don’t appreciate the challenges here.

      • YouDidWhatNow? says:

        …because clearly it would be possible to apply sunscreen once, but *only* once, during the day?

    • Ducatisti says:

      It was a “field day”, not a field trip, and it didn’t start until afternoon so applying sunscreen in the morning before the kids headed off to school wouldn’t have helped.

    • MrEvil says:

      Mom may have known that the kids had a field-trip that day, but she most likely didn’t know that they’d be outdoors long enough to get a severe sunburn. Assuming the sunscreen would have lasted that long.

      Also, you can get sunburned on a Cloudy day just as easily as a sunny day. However, usually when it’s cloudy you’re covered up more or you’re staying indoors.

    • Cacao says:

      She did not because it was raining earlier and she thought the school would hold Field Day inside. Surprise!

      • dks64 says:

        Even when it was raining, my Mom would still coat me with sun screen “just in case.” Parents with super fair kids should know better.

    • ninabi says:

      I had a sun sensitive kid (moles-gone-bad + lupus) and for days we knew she was going to be outside, she wore sun protective clothing that was very effective.

    • Jeff asks: "WTF could you possibly have been thinking? says:

      If you read the instructions on most sunscreens they emphasize “apply frequently and after swimming” because they are only effective for a few hours. Even if it was applied at, say, 7:00 am before they got on the bus, by the time the afternoon sun had toasted these poor little girls, they should have re-applied it several more times. I use the spray when I ride my hog and I re-apply it at every fill up (about 2 hours).

  11. TheMansfieldMauler says:

    Why Is Sunscreen Forbidden For Kids At Some Schools And Camps?

    The same reason peanut butter, etc. is forbidden. PC idiocy that mandates the entire population must bow to the whims of the offended, nonparticipating, or singled-out individual so that that individual is absolved of the burden of exercising personal responsibility or of accepting any kind of bubble-bursting reality.

    • Cranky Owl says:

      But…but…precious snowflakes!

    • RvLeshrac says:

      Except peanut allergies can cause a fatal reaction within seconds, and I doubt most schools are equipped with epipens to deal with the problem.

      There are no allergies which are as severe.

      • who? says:

        Agreed. But if the kid is *that* allergic to something, then the parent should have already supplied the school nurse with an epipen. Older kids should have their own epipen, and know how to use it themselves.

        • RvLeshrac says:

          Drugs, prescription or otherwise, are banned at most schools. The best you can do is leave it with the Nurse. Which means they have to go track down the Nurse.

      • carlogesualdo says:

        If schools would develop common sense and get over their risk-avoiding deathly fear of a lawsuit, they would keep an epipen on hand instead of punishing the vast majority of people who don’t have a peanut allergy.

    • ninabi says:

      I’m not going to bitch about the peanut bans. Little kids don’t always have control over themselves or their environment and an allergy that is life threatening means to me that a child’s right to be alive trumps someone’s else right to eat a particular sandwich. Never had a kid with a peanut allergy but I’ve known two people who have- lots of meal situations in public are like dodging land mines.

  12. Bane of Corporations says:

    Well considering how much fish and nut oils and things are in cosmetic products / sun block, which could possibly kill an innocent child it makes sense. They should do a better job conveying to parents about putting it on their kids in the morning and providing shade on field trips. I think the whole alergy thing is out of control some times but even if the chances are 1 in 100 million, a kid shouldn’t die from a teacher or kid’s parent on a field trip lathering them up with an allergen.
    If that did happen, the school district would be ruined by a huge lawsuit which would then take away from many more children’s education. The lady in the article was unaware that her daughters were going on a field trip, outside in the sun all day and didn’t lotion her kids up or anything? Awesome american parenting 101, point the finger somewhere else. Try being more aware of what’s going on and being responsible towards your kids. Ugh.

    • Tim says:

      You’re supposed to reapply sunblock every two hours. So if you put it on in the morning, you wouldn’t be able to go to recess or to a gym class outside. And on field trips, you’d have to stay inside the whole time, pretty much.

      Staying in the shade doesn’t necessarily help. Nonetheless, you’d have to stay in the shade the whole time.

      • I look at both sides of the story says:

        “Staying in the shade doesn’t necessarily help”

        According to my dermatologist, shade doesn’t make any difference; a lot of damaging UV still hits the skin. And a quickie run from the car to the house is also bad for the skin.

    • Ducatisti says:

      You realize that sunscreen protection only lasts a few hours, right? Even if the parent had applied it in the morning, the protection would have worn off completely by afternoon, when the children were outside.

      • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

        It doesn’t just vaporize. Reapplication is in the case of serious sweating or swimming. If they were indoors all morning the sunscreen would still be mostly effective.

        • Cerne says:

          It also gets absorbed into the skin over time. You definitely need to reapply sunscreen especially on kids who tend to have more sensitive skin.

        • GirlWithGloves says:

          Depends on the type of sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens break down over those few hours. It’s part of the design of the chemical sunscreen, as the uv rays hit the chemicals that have been absorbed by the skin and those chemicals absorb the uv rays. They do put in other chemicals to try to delay the breakdown of protection or to better stabilize the effectiveness. Physical/mineral sunscreens may prove to last longer than chemical since they shield the top layer of skin, providing a “screen” of protection, reflecting the uv rays off the surface of the skin. If you’re going to use sunscreen, zinc oxide is the best protection currently available in the states.

          Go to EWG.org and check out their 2012 sunscreen guide website.

        • Bob says:

          No, one good sweat and that is it for the sunscreen. Also in dry hot weather you do sweat, a lot, but you don’t feel wet because the water evaporates quickly. So your sunscreen protection is degrading in hot dry weather without your knowledge.

    • Chmeeee says:

      Has there ever been a case, anywhere, of a person dying from sunblock? There’s being careful and then there’s just stupid paranoia. Sunblock isn’t killing people.

      • ChuckECheese says:

        The problem with the rule is that there were no exceptions considered. All OTC medications are forbidden, and sunscreen was along for the ride. Although you get bad unintended consequences like this, schools are trying to avoid situations where people try to beg exceptions to the rules.

        • carlogesualdo says:

          This is the consequence of stupid “zero-tolerance” rules.

          Zero-tolerance = zero-intelligence.

      • ninabi says:

        http://www.mnpoison.org/index.asp?pageID=219

        Theoretically one could get poisoned by eating sunblock but there have been no reports of anyone ingesting that amount. I’m sure there’s always that one kid out there who might prefer it to the taste of paste, so who knows what the future holds.

    • SirWired says:

      Fish and nut oils in sunblock? It may be present in “tanning oils”, but regular sunblock has no oils in it; that’d stain clothes and make your hands slick.

      Certainly the newer spray-on instant-dry products have no oils; they are alcohol-based.

      • ChuckECheese says:

        Medicines are formulated without common allergens. Which fish and nut oils are used in sunscreens?

      • GirlWithGloves says:

        There are many physical/mineral sunscreens with “good for your skin” oils in them. All Terrain brand comes to mind, especially their spray type’ that one is all oil, but it moisturizes so well. Burnout’s contains oils. Such oils are often used in mineral sunscreens (it’s not sunblock anymore, it’s sunscreen) as a healthier, much more skin friendly and natural “carrier” of the minerals. They help moisturize and can aid in spreadability of the sunscreen. My favorites are Burnout’s Ocean Tested and Suntegrity’s sunscreen. By using skin friendly oils instead of chemicals, you are less likely to experience skin irritation/itchiness/rash, etc.

    • Stickdude says:

      So odds of 1 in 100,000,000 of a child having an allergic reaction is enough to ban sunscreen for everyone?

      What about the odds of these girls dying from skin cancer in the future? I’ll bet it’s a lot lower than 1 in 100,000,000 now.

    • Cerne says:

      Man you fail at risk management. 1 in a 100,000,000 is you cut off?

      Sunscreen allergies are rare and tend to be non lethal. Most high end sunscreens also tend to omit the allergen ingredients in the cheaper stuff. Finally every teacher in North America gets a sheet that lists the serious allergies of the kids in their care.

      Simply don’t apply sunscreen containing allergens to the allergic kids, way more effective than these sort of stupid policies.

    • who? says:

      Risk analysis failure.

      In the U.S., about 150 kids die every year from allergies, or 0.00025% of the population (2.5 per million). Presumably, most kids that have severe allergies have already been identified by the time they reach school age, and the school nurse will have an epipen, the teachers have been trained to keep allergens away from the kid, etc. So the odds of some random kid in a classroom of 30 kids being suddenly struck down by a sunscreen allergy is infinetismal.

      The odds that a light skinned kid who isn’t wearing sunscreen will get a severe sunburn on field day? Somewhere close to 100%. Actually, about 100 people (the article didn’t say adult or child, so I assume both) die of sunburn every year. And having a bad sunburn as a child makes a person far more likely to get skin cancer as an adult.

      So…..risk analysis failure.

      • I look at both sides of the story says:

        If we truly cared about children, wouldn’t it be far safer to have children walk to school or be home-schooled? The automobile kills far more children than allergies.

        “The automobile accounts for the largest number of these accidental deaths. Make sure that all infants and children use the proper child car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.”

        http://www.theegglestongroup.com/writing/deathstats/deathstats_2007_acc_by_age.php#group10-14

        696 children from ages 10-14 died in motor vehicle accidents
        10,272 people from ages 15-24 died in motor vehicle accidents

  13. nugatory says:

    In sunny Queensland, Australia its mandatory for every school to provide sunscreen. If a kid is going outside for a school event, they have to put on sunscreen before they can go.

  14. who? says:

    Risk analysis failure.

  15. ZenListener says:

    Does sunscreen contain peanut oil?

  16. Kuri says:

    I can easily answer as to why this was in place with two simple words.

    Zero Tolerance.

  17. JenK says:

    Kids 4 and over should be able to apply sunscreen by themselves…

  18. Cerne says:

    Ah yeas zero tolerance continues to work so well. I spent years working in camps and sunscreen was always a pain in the ass because of rules like these ones.

  19. Cerne says:

    I actually think banning soap makes sense. I mean the kids aren’t using it so it’s simply a waste of money.

    • RvLeshrac says:

      If they’re not using it, how can it be a waste of money? The dispensers would never empty.

    • Willow16 says:

      I work as a substitute teacher and can’t believe how many children (most) don’t wash their hands after going to the bathroom. I know they’ve been taught to do it but they just don’t feel like it. With the little ones, I always ask if they washed their hands and will send them back if they didn’t.

  20. dwasifar says:

    “…it’s often forbiden at camps…”

    Just for Biden? Hmph. Another special privilege for our government officials.

  21. xanadustc says:

    all the while, I bet that EVERY kid was REQUIRED to put on hand sanitizer several times per day:

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/04/teens-getting-drunk-on-hand-sanitizer/

  22. Difdi says:

    I never used the soap at the schools I attended, because of a strong allergy to it.

  23. Actionable Mango says:

    I think “Zero Tolerance” is some sort of code that really means “Zero Common Sense”.

  24. GirlWithGloves says:

    You do realize that children and teens can develop melanoma, right? All it takes is one mole and risk for melanoma doubles after five or more sunburns.

    http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sunburn/facts-about-sunburn-and-skin-cancer

  25. qwill says:

    My daughter is actually allergic to many sunscreens and gets a horrible rash (more a burn than a rash) if she uses them. But, this is not like a peanut allergy where she can be affected by proximity to the allergen. The argument that kids might share their sunscreen is silly. Yes, they might, but probably not and even if they did 99% of the time nothing bad will happen and in the 1% well you wash the sunscreen off and believe me that kid will never let anyone put sunscreen on her again unless she knows its the right kind.

  26. frodolives35 says:

    One of my daughters and a friend both got a 3 day suspension for her my daughters friend giving her 2 ibuprofen after a full day at a band summer competition.

  27. skrolnik says:

    I wonder if these schools with the blanket zero tolerance bans on OTC medication realize that the FDA classifies anti-perspirants as drugs? Kids could be self-administering in droves after their gym class showers! Won’t someone think of the children?

  28. Ayla says:

    I gotta say, this is another great reason to home school or form a local free school co-op in your neighborhood. Huge, government run, institutions cannot make adequate decisions for such a large student base.

  29. JonBoy470 says:

    This is all a result of asinine “zero tolerance” drug policies in schools. I can see such policies in grade schools, but by the time a kid hits middle school they can be trusted with OTC drugs and certainly any prescriptions necessary for their life safety.

    I call shenanigans on the allergy issue. I have a 6 year old with severe allergies to cats, dogs and horses (of all things). These were identified when he was in pre-school, and we made him memorize the things he’s allergic to, so he’ll avoid them (or know to wash his hands after).

    Any kid who has anaphylaxis to any remotely common substance should be taught to avoid that substance, be allowed to carry an Epipen on their person at all times (even in grade school) and taught to recognize symptoms. Epipens are, by design, extremely failsafe and idiot-proof devices that are nigh impossible to improperly administer. They even come with a training injector so you can practice self-administration.

  30. dollym100 says:

    If it was a day school outing, why didn’t the parents send the parents send the child off coated in sunscreen lotion that was long lasting and a hat for protection.

  31. muzzleme says:

    I understand there are a few kids that might be allergic to sunscreen or ingredients but the majority of kids ARE allergic to SUNBURN or SUN POISONING!