senate Bill S7824

Authorizes pupils and camp attendees to carry and use topical sunscreen products in school with the written permission of their parents

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  • 20 / Jul / 2012
    • REFERRED TO RULES

Summary

Authorizes pupils and camp attendees to carry and use topical sunscreen products with the written permission of their parents or guardians; requires a record of such permission be maintained in the child's school office and/or camp office.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A10800
Versions:
S7824
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add §907, Ed L; amd §1394, Pub Health L

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BILL NUMBER:S7824

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing pupils to
carry and use sunscreen in schools; and to amend the public health law,
in relation to authorizing children attending camps to carry and use
sunscreen

PURPOSE:

Amends the Education law to require the board of trustees of each school
district and board of cooperative educational services, and the govern-
ing body of each private elementary, middle and secondary school to
allow pupils to carry and use topical sunscreen products, so long as
written permission of the person in parental relation to the pupil is
provided.

Amends the Public Health law to require children's overnight camps,
summer day camps and traveling summer day camps to allow children
attending such camp to carry and Use topical sunscreen products, so long
as written permission of the person in parental relation to the pupil is
provided.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one amends the Education law by adding a new section 907. The
proposed legislation requires the board of trustees of each school
district and board of cooperative educational services, and the govern-
ing body of each private elementary, middle and secondary school to
allow pupils to carry and Use topical sunscreen products, so long as
written permission of the person in parental relation to the pupil is
provided. A record of such permission shall be maintained in the school
office.

Section two amends the Public Health law by adding a new subdivision 3
to section 1394. The proposed legislation requires each children's over-
night camp, summer day camp and travelling summer day camp to allow
children attending such camp to carry and use topical sunscreen
products, so long as written permission of the person in parental
relation to the pupil is provided. A record of such permission shall be
maintained in the camp office.

Section three establishes that this law shall take effect on the thirti-
eth day after it shall have become law.

JUSTIFICATION:

According to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the
Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), sunscreen is a drug like any
other over-the-counter drug. As such, NYSED guidelines for school

districts state: "A written order from a duly licensed prescriber and
written parental permission to administer the medication are required."

Schools are important partners in protecting students from overexposure
to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. They can work to provide a sun-safe
school environment, encourage students to practice sun-safe behaviors
when going outside, and teach students the importance of adopting sun-
safe behaviors for the rest of their lives.

Current NYSED guidelines around sunscreen usage in schools impede rather
than enhance cancer prevention, particularly as studies have shown that
the bulk of sun exposure occurs during childhood and has lasting effects
through adulthood.

Research indicates that overexposure to UV radiation causes at least 65%
of all skin cancers, as well as sunburns, premature aging, cataracts,
and a weakened immune system.

Although skin cancer and cataracts often do not manifest until adult-
hood, the damage from UV radiation is cumulative and begins during
childhood. Even if a child's sunburn or tan fades, the skin damage
remains and, with each new sunburn or tan, that damage could accumulate
and result in skin cancer.

Understanding the importance for children to be able to apply sunscreen
as necessary, this bill requires only a note from a parent and erases
the need for a doctor's note in order for children to carry and use
sunscreen while in school or at camp.

This legislation is a common sense approach to protecting our young
people, who tend to be more severely burned and are in greater danger
than adults.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

The thirtieth day after it shall have become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

    S. 7824                                                 A. 10800

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                              July 20, 2012
                               ___________

IN  SENATE  --  Introduced  by  Sen.  GIANARIS -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by COMMITTEE ON RULES -- (at request of M.  of
  A. Simotas) -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education

AN  ACT to amend the education law, in relation to authorizing pupils to
  carry and use sunscreen in schools; and to  amend  the  public  health
  law,  in relation to authorizing children attending camps to carry and
  use sunscreen

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 907 to
read as follows:
  S  907.  USE  OF SUNSCREEN. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OR TRUSTEES OF EACH
SCHOOL DISTRICT AND BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES,  AND  THE
GOVERNING  BODY OF EACH PRIVATE ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOL,
SHALL ALLOW PUPILS TO CARRY AND USE TOPICAL SUNSCREEN PRODUCTS, WITH THE
WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE PERSON IN PARENTAL RELATION TO  THE  PUPIL.  A
RECORD OF SUCH PERMISSION SHALL BE MAINTAINED IN THE SCHOOL OFFICE.
  S  2. Section 1394 of the public health law is amended by adding a new
subdivision 3 to read as follows:
  3. EACH CHILDREN'S OVERNIGHT CAMP,  SUMMER  DAY  CAMP  AND  TRAVELLING
SUMMER  DAY  CAMP  SHALL ALLOW CHILDREN ATTENDING SUCH CAMP TO CARRY AND
USE TOPICAL SUNSCREEN PRODUCTS,  WITH  THE  WRITTEN  PERMISSION  OF  THE
PERSON  IN  PARENTAL  RELATION TO THE CHILD. A RECORD OF SUCH PERMISSION
SHALL BE MAINTAINED IN THE CAMP OFFICE.
  S 3. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.



 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD16360-02-2

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