Last October, the PA School Code was amended to include sun protection measures for students. Along with that legislation. Section 1414.10 (2) of the PA School Code allows for the use of a non-aerosol topical sunscreen product by students in school if three conditions are met, which are: 1) The product is approved by the Food and Drug Administration; 2) The parent/guardian must submit a form allowing the student to use the topical sunscreen; and 3) The student must submit a form stating that they are aware of the proper use and safety precautions of the product and will handle it appropriately.
The school entity may rescind or restrict the use of the sunscreen if the student does not follow the school rules and/or the student is unwilling or unable to keep the non-aerosol sunscreen product guarded from other students’ use.
The school entity must provide written notice to the parent/guardian if they rescind or restrict the use of the sunscreen.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has provided two forms for school entity usage that can be adapted to meet a school entity’s requirements.