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How can I find out about the sun safety policy at my child's school?

Sometimes school and daycare policies interfere with children’s sun safety. Many schools treat sunscreen as a medicine and require written permission to use it on a child. Some insist that the school nurse apply it. Some ban hats and sunglasses. Here are a few questions to ask your school:
  • What is the policy on sun safety? Will sunscreen be applied to my child's face, arms and any other exposed areas when playing outside? If my child is old enough, can he apply it himself?
  • Is there shade on the playground?
  • Are outdoor activities scheduled to avoid midday sun? 

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