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Wednesday, March 30, 2005
  Let no aspect of a student's life go unmanaged
Bill Would Legislate Maryland Students' Use of Sunscreen (washingtonpost.com): "Montgomery County schools require a doctor's note for children to use sunscreen. Howard County requires a note from parents, and the lotion must be stored in the nurse's office. Anne Arundel students, by contrast, may carry and apply sunscreen with impunity.

A bill pending in the Maryland legislature, however, would require school health officers to make sure students are allowed to wear sunscreen when they go outdoors on sunny days, a right that is not universally recognized in schools, according to cancer prevention advocates.

The American Cancer Society asked Del. Anne Healey (D-Prince George's) to draft the legislation after a survey of the 24 Maryland school systems in fall 2003. The survey, conducted by the Coalition for Skin Cancer Prevention in Maryland, found a jumble of inconsistent policies toward sunscreen, a product that many school systems treat as if it were an over-the-counter medicine.

Four school systems require a doctor's order for students to apply sunscreen. Eleven require at least a parent's note. Eight systems require students to leave the product with the school health officer. Rules can vary from school to school within each system."
 
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