sunburn

Education
5:10 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Publicity turns up the heat on Tacoma schools' sunscreen ban

Zoe and Violet came home from a field trip badly burned. Both sunscreen and hats were prohibited by school policy.
Jesse Michener

A couple of bad sunburns have left Tacoma’s school district smarting, and could help spur policy changes about students and sunscreen. Tacoma school officials say they’ll revisit a policy banning the use of sunscreen by students, except with a doctor’s note.

The district is getting national attention after a Tacoma mom’s story went viral in late June. Jesse Michener says it never occurred to her to jump through the hoops it would take to get her daughters sunscreen when they left for a field trip on a rainy morning, but they came home burned badly enough that Michener took them to the hospital.

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