Skin Cancer Prevention | Sun Safety | Sunscreen Use In School

CDC Skin Cancer Prevention 

Guidelines for School Programs to Prevent Skin Cancer
Provide schools with a comprehensive approach to preventing skin cancer among adolescents and young people.

The guidelines are also provided in Spanish.

CDC Skin Cancer Primary Prevention and Education Initiative

FDA Resources

FDA Approved Sunscreen Drug Products

Sunscreen: How to Help Protect Your Skin from the Sun
As an FDA-regulated product, sunscreens must pass certain tests before they are sold. How you use the product, and what other protective measures you take affect how well you are able to protect yourself from sunburn, skin cancer, early skin aging and other risks of overexposure to the sun. This link provides key safety tips, information about labeling and describes updated proposed requirements for sunscreens. (1/22/20)

NYSDOH Resources

NYS Department of Health Tanning and Sun Safety Page
Provides information on sun safety, indoor tanning, skin cancer resources for schools.

NYSED Sunscreen Guidance

Use of Sunscreen Law Article 19 Section 907 -  Allows students to carry and use topical sunscreen products approved by the FDA with the written permission of the parent or guardian of the student. A record of this permission must be maintained by the school. A student who is unable to physically apply sunscreen may be assisted by unlicensed personnel when directed to do so by the student if permitted by a parent or guardian and authorized by the school.

Information Regarding the Use of Sunscreen Memo-Updates the medication guidelines to allow sunscreen use and carry by self-directed students with written parent permission. (NYSED 7/31/12) 
Note: Students who are unable to communicate by voice, writing, or augmented device (for someone unable to speak) that know what the medication looks like, why, when, how much to take, and what to do if someone offers them the wrong thing are NOT self-directed and would need both a provider order and parent permission.

Ray and the Sunbeatables™: A Sun Safety Curriculum

Free sun safety program for PK- first-grade students. (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center).

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Resources

Sun Wise Program -US Environmental Protection Agency

Updated 3/21/21