Something I ran across yesterday:
When Michener pressed school officials on the ban, they told her that there is a state-wide policy that does not allow staff to apply sunscreen to students, and students can only apply it themselves if they have a doctor’s note. The law exists because the additives in lotions and sunscreens can cause an allergic reaction in children, and sunscreens are regulated by the FDA as an over-the-counter drug. Michener discovered that the policy exists in 49 states nationwide; California is the only state to allow sunscreen in school without a doctor’s note.
When you put it like that, it almost makes sense. But still. If you're going to hold an all day event outdoors in late spring, early summer, some of the students may sunburn. Like the ones in that MSNBC article. The comments there are worth reading. There is always the possibility of trolls but I think some of the more outrageous comments are genuine. I've heard some of those sentiments expressed, myself. We live in a litigious society and rules that were once written to protect students are now written to protect the school and the staff. That's a bit of an oversimplification, of course, so the real questions are when and why did it get so complicated?
About today's QOTD: Tropical storms are not as dangerous as hurricanes but they're still a pain in the a$$. Tropical Storm Lee caused a lot of damage here last year.
5 song iTunes shuffle:
- Speedway At Nazareth - Mark Knopfler - Live From The Ryman
- Play With Fire - The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks, 1964-1971
- Time - Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
- Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull - Aqualung
- Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Quote of the Day
While not forecast to reach hurricane strength, Debby is expected to pound Florida with heavy rain for the next few days.
Doyle Rice, USA TODAY
Blog of the day is here.
Quote from said blog: "Yesterday’s Field Day at my kids’ school went horribly wrong. Two of my three children experienced significant sunburns. Like, hurts-to-look-at burns. Now, clearly, my children are fair-skinned and easily burnt but have never come home with a sunburn from school – ever."