RI House passes bill allowing students to bring sunscreen to school

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The state’s House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill today allowing Rhode Island students to bring sunscreen to school.

The Bennett bill will ensure that students, as well as anyone else on school property, will be allowed to have and use sunscreen at school.

“We are really throwing the baby out with the bathwater if we are telling kids they can’t have sunscreen in school because of a medication policy that’s supposed to be protecting their health,” said Representative Bennett (D-Dist. 20, Warwick and Cranston).

This bill came in response to the state’s previous controversial rule prohibiting anyone other than a school nurse from giving out FDA approved medications, or substances like sunscreen.

Students will also be allowed to carry sunscreen without a doctor’s not or prescription, as long as the product is regulated by the FDA for over-the-counter use.

Similar regulations have been adopted in 18 other states, and pending in 10 others.

This legislation will now head to the RI senate where an identical bill is being reviewed.

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