ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – In response to recent reports of schools denying children access to sunscreen due to its classification by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an over-the-counter medication, state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, advanced legislation to allow children to use sunscreen and sun-protective clothing on school property and at school-sponsored events.
“It has been proven that one of the best ways to reduce the risk of skin cancer is to protect your skin from dangerous ultraviolet rays by wearing sunscreen or protective clothing, such as hats,” said Connor. “As a father, I know that no parent would willingly put their child in harm’s way, which is why is it is crucial to begin educating children from an early age on ways to protect themselves from the sun.”
Connor’s House Bill 4685 would create the Reducing the Risk of Skin Cancer and Excessive UV Exposure in Children Act, and would allow children to use sunscreen or wear sun-protective clothing while on school property or at a school-sponsored event without a physician’s note or prescription. The measure advanced from the House Elementary and Secondary Education: School Curriculum and Polices Committee on Wednesday and will be considered by the full House.
“This issue is very close to me, because I lost my brother to skin cancer 20 years ago. I’ve seen the devastating effects of UV exposure firsthand. Skin cancer is a devastating disease, but it is almost entirely preventable,” continued Connor. “This is a commonsense piece of legislation that will help to put our children on a path to lead healthier lives, and I encourage my colleagues from around the state to join me in support.”