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(3) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
believe that school policies that prohibit hats or student
possession of sunscreen can create barriers to the use of
important sun protection methods.
(4) The United States Preventive Services Task Force
recommends educating children, adolescents, and young
adults on the dangers of sun exposure to reduce the risk of
(5) It is in the public's interest that schools set
policies that include education on sun exposure and
encourage our youth to use sun protection, including
sunscreen and sun-protective clothing.
Sun-protective measures in schools and youth
(a) A student may possess and use a topical sunscreen
product while on school property or at a school-sponsored event
or activity without a physician's note or prescription if the
product is approved by the United States Food and Drug
Administration for over-the-counter use for the purpose of
limiting ultraviolet light-induced skin damage.
(b) A participant in a youth camp may possess and use a
topical sunscreen product while attending the camp without a
physician's note or prescription if the product is approved by
the United States Food and Drug Administration for
over-the-counter use for the purpose of limiting ultraviolet
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light-induced skin damage.
(c) A school district or youth camp operator may allow
school or youth camp personnel to assist students or
participants in applying a topical sunscreen product with
(d) Except for willful or wanton misconduct, school
personnel may not be held liable in a criminal or civil action
for application of a topical sunscreen product if the topical
sunscreen product is available to and used by the student in
accordance with this Section.
(e) A school district or youth camp shall allow a student
or participant to use articles of sun-protective clothing
outdoors, including, but not limited to, hats. A school
district or youth camp may set a policy related to the type of
sun-protective clothing that will be allowed to be used
outdoors under this subsection (e). Specific clothing
determined by school or youth camp personnel to be
inappropriate apparel may be prohibited by the policy.
Beginning with the
2019-2020 school year, a school district may incorporate in its
curriculum a unit of instruction on skin cancer prevention that
is provided in an age appropriate manner and that includes, but
is not limited to, the following components:
(1) the basic facts about skin cancer, including, but
not limited to, the negative impact of human exposure to