Sunscreen in Schools Legislation:
Indiana SEA 24 (enacted March 2018):
The Indiana Academy of Dermatology worked with Senator Liz Brown and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association to introduce a bill that allows children in public and chartered schools in Indiana to bring non-aerosol sunscreen to schools without a physician's prescription and to keep and be able to apply it without having to store in a special location such as a nurse's office. Dr. Lori Sanford and Dr. Carrie Davis testified in favor of the bill. This was signed into law by Governor Holcomb in March 2018.
IAD and AAD Sunscreen and Skin Cancer Informational Sheets
State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) (fourth from left) presents Northwood Elementary School fourth-grade student Grace Anderson a certificate for winning the Sun Safety Poster Contest sponsored by the Indiana Academy of Dermatology. Anderson won first place in the kindergarten through fourth-grade category, earning a $1,000 cash prize for her school and a $100 gift card. Pictured from left to right is Northwood principal Erin Bechtold, fourth-grade teacher Regina Anderson, Grace Anderson, Mayfield, and Dr. Carrie Davis, past president of the Indiana Academy of Dermatology.
STATEHOUSE (June 11, 2019) – State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) recently presented Northwood Elementary School fourth-grade student Grace Anderson a certificate for winning the Sun Safety Poster Contest.
The Indiana Academy of Dermatology and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association sponsored the contest to promote the use of sunscreen. Anderson won first place in the kindergarten through fourth-grade category, earning a $1,000 cash prize for her school and a $100 gift card.
“Congratulations to Grace for this well-deserved recognition,” Mayfield said. “She is a very talented artist and used this opportunity to promote good skincare habits early in life. Her poster is creative and shows how important sunscreen and hats are in preventing damage to our skin.”
According to Dr. Carrie Davis, board-certified dermatologist and past president of the IAD, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is the second most common form of cancer in young women aged 15-29. Skin cancer can affect anyone, regardless of skin color, and exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or tanning devices is the most preventable risk factor for all forms of skin cancer.
In 2018, the IAD and the ASDSA assisted in crafting a new law passed by the Indiana General Assembly allowing students in schools to bring and use sunscreen without needing a doctor’s note and without having to store it in a special location such as a nurse's office.
“We believe that students should have the right and ability to protect their skin from the sun during recess, field trips, and other outdoor activities if they choose,” Davis said. “The goal of the Sun Safety Poster Contest is to educate K-12 students and their educators about the new law and how to protect their skin from ultraviolet damage.”
Anderson’s poster entry is titled, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for sunscreen.”
To learn more about the initiative or how to protect your skin, visit www.inacademyofderm.org or www.asds.net/SUNucate.
Special thanks to IAD member dermatologists Ginat Mirowski, Chris Obeime, Hannah Huddleston, Chris Nebesio, and Melanie Kingsley for attending the ceremony. It was great to see members come celebrate the IAD fulfilling our mission of advocating for our patients, our community, and our specialty!
Shade Structure Dedication
Mayfield: ‘I scream, you scream, we all scream for sunscreen’
We held a dedication ceremony for the shade structure sponsored by the IAD at Boone Meadow Elementary. The ceremony was well attended by over 50 people including parents, teachers, the superintendent of the school system, AAD staff, and 6 Indiana dermatologists!
The ceremony went well and it was great to see the finished product. The school raised funds to pour a concrete slab under the structure and place large picnic tables that allow maximum use of the structure. Previously the school had no meaningful shade. Now the shaded space is used not only as a break for students at recess, but also as an outdoor classroom setting, and a picnic area for families utilizing the playground over the weekend.
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Dr. Carrie Davis (top row, second from right) attends SEA 24 bill signing ceremony with Senator Liz Brown (bottom left) and Governor Eric Holcomb (bottom right).