Target: Point Defiance Elementary School
Goal: To change a policy that forbids the application of sunscreen in school.
Two young girls were hospitalized after suffering severe sunburns on their arms and faces during a school field trip in Tacoma, Washington. The severity of their burns gave them fevers, chills, and blisters, and the two girls did not feel well enough to go to school the next day. Jesse Michener, the girls’ mother, had sent them to school with sunscreen instead of applying it on at home because it had been raining when the girls left. When the sun came out during the field trip, however, the girls were not permitted to put the sunblock on. According to the school’s policy, teachers could not apply sunscreen to students and students were not permitted to apply it to themselves without a doctor’s note.
This absurd policy was adopted at Point Defiance Elementary School in order to prevent sunscreen allergies. However, the regulations apparently do not apply to teachers, considering that one of the teachers on the field trip applied sunscreen in front of the girls and stated it was “just for her.” Sign the petition now to ensure that students sent to school with sunscreen are given the right to put it on when their skin starts to burn.
Dear Point Defiance Elementary School,
I write to you in regard to the two young girls who were hospitalized after receiving sunburns on a school field trip. According to your school policy, they were not permitted to put on sunscreen, nor were teachers allowed to put it on for them. I would like to stress the ridiculousness and the danger behind this rule. If a parent or guardian has sent sunblock to school with his or her child, there is no reason why applying it should be forbidden. As proven by students Zoe and Violet Michener, it is dangerous for students to be outside without sunblock.
If students are not allowed to apply sunblock for “liability” reasons, then I must ask what those reasons are. Parents who know the needs of their children are better suited to determining their child’s health, not you. Therefore, I urge you to modify your outdated “anti-sunblock” policy and establish a rule of common sense instead. The hospitalization of Zoe and Violet is something that could have easily been prevented, and I do not wish for it to happen again in the future.
[Your Name Here]