States move to give students protection from the sun

Sunscreen has probably never been in more demand as much of the nation swelters this summer under dangerously warm conditions. But summer school staff in many states are still not allowed to oversee student application without special permission from parents or a physician.

Despite the growing threat that skin cancer poses to the general population, there is still only a fraction–about 2.5 percent—of the nation’s school districts that authorize students to apply sunscreen protection while on campus or during school-related activities, according to a 2016 survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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