Senator SHIRLEY K. TURNER
District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)
Requires school districts to adopt policies concerning student use of sunscreen and sun-protective clothing at school and school-sponsored functions.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Senate Education Committee on October 18, 2018, with amendments.
An Act concerning 1school district policies on1 student 1[sunscreen use in schools] sun protection1 and supplementing chapter 40 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. As used in this section, “sunscreen” means a topical product used for the purpose of limiting skin damage caused by overexposure to the sun, and which is regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration for over-the-counter use.
b. Notwithstanding any law or regulation to the contrary, a board of education shall adopt a policy 1[that permits a student to possess and self-apply] concerning a student’s use of1 sunscreen 1and sun-protective clothing, such as hats and sunglasses, while outdoors1 at school and school-sponsored functions 1[, without any required documentation from a physician or other licensed health care professional.] . The policy shall not require a student to provide documentation from a physician or other licensed health care professional in order to use sunscreen or sun-protective clothing while outdoors at school or a school-sponsored function.1
1[c. (1) If a student is unable to self-apply sunscreen, a school employee who volunteers to assist students in applying sunscreen may assist the student, provided that the student’s parent or legal guardian provides written consent for the assistance.
(2) No school employee who volunteers to assist a student in sunscreen application shall be held liable for any good faith act or omission consistent with the provisions of this section. Good faith shall not include willful misconduct, gross negligence, or recklessness.
(3) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a school employee to assist a student in applying sunscreen.]1
2. This act shall take effect 1[immediately] in the first full school year following the date of enactment1.