Governor Asa Hutchinson has signed legislation to allow students to possess and use sunscreen at school without a note or prescription from a physician. The legislation is based on ASDSA’s model bill known as SUNucate, which removes barriers that prohibit students from bringing and applying over-the-counter sunscreen at school or during school-related activities.
Arkansas is the 19th state to pass this type of legislation. Similar legislation is being considered in Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada and Rhode Island.
“Sunscreen is one of the best tools we have to protect ourselves from skin cancer,” said ASDSA President Murad Alam, MD, MBA. “Commonsense solutions like SUNucate are one of our strongest defenses against harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun. We need to encourage children to use sunscreen whenever they are outdoors and practice sun-safe behavior throughout their life.”
ASDSA worked with its coalition partners to advocate for the passage of this law. To learn more about SUNucate, visit https://www.asds.net/SUNucate.