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Sunscreen OK without doctor's note in Jefferson City Public Schools

Jefferson City Public Schools said sunscreen is allowed at school with a parent's written permission. (KRCG)

Debate sparked year after year about whether or not sunscreen is allowed in schools.

In Missouri, the decision is left up to the school. Some students are required to have a written doctor's or parent permission note to be able to use sunscreen at school.

Jefferson City Public Schools said sunscreen is allowed at school with a parent's written permission.

"We want to protect the student from the UV rays of the sun so that later in life they don't have a skin cancer that can happen from overexposure to the sun," Patty Doerhoff, the JCPS Health Services Coordinator said.

Doerhoff said protecting the skin of students is even more important during outdoor recess.

"If they know they're going to be out for an extended period of time - when it's the hottest part of the day - the recommendation would be to apply the sunscreen," Doerhoff said. "Bu,t if you apply it early in the morning and you're not going out for four or five hours, most would say to reapply after two to four hours. It would be best to have it put on at school."


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