Oregon Senate votes to permit sunscreen in schools

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Various sunscreen products are seen in Washington, Wednesday, May 26, 2010. Long-awaited changes are coming to improve sunscreens, but not in time for this summer. Even so, experts say the best advice for those heading to the beach is to glob on that sunscreen, and plenty of it. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – State senators say Oregon children should be allowed to apply sunscreen or wear hats outdoors while they’re at school.

The Senate voted unanimously Monday to tell schools that sunscreen is not a medication and its use cannot be prohibited.

The bill’s proponents say schools allow only specific over-the-counter drugs on their campuses, and sunscreen is not on the list. They say children who are conscientious enough to protect themselves from the sun should have the right to do so.

The bill also would require that schools allow students to wear sun-protective hats and clothing as long as the garments are not inappropriate.

The measure returns to the House, which approved it unanimously in March but must sign off on changes made in the Senate.

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