Sunscreen should be required among children during outdoor activity; however, one school has chosen to ban it instead.
Sisters Violet and Zoe Michener were taken to the hospital by their mother after they came home from a school field day very burnt.
In addition to being fair skinned, Zoe has a form of albinism that leaves her with little to no color in the skin, hair, and eyes. This makes her very sensitive to sun.
“Yeah, I was crying about my sunburn,” Zoe said.
Jesse Michener, the girls’ mother now regrets not applying sunscreen to her daughter’s that morning since it was raining.
Even if she applied the protection to her daughter, doctors recommend re-applying it every 2 to 3 hours when outside for an extended period go time. However, the school her children attend forbids the use of sunblock.
“They couldn’t even reapply sunscreen without a doctor’s note. They couldn’t carry that in their backbacks,” said Michener.
Apparently, it is a state law that the school district has to enforce.
“Because so many additives in lotions and sunscreens cause allergic reaction in children, you have to really monitor that,” said Dan Voelpel, Tacoma School District Spokesman.