I got a call late this afternoon from the Director of Elementry Education in Tacoma Public Schools. I was so happy to hear from the district, which hadn’t responded directly to me up until then.
He started by expressing his deep sympathy and regret that this had happened and stated clearly there had been a break in a system designed to protect kids. He understood and fully agreed with the restrictive and short-sided policy as it stands. To my surprise, he informed me that a new law – just on the books since June 7 – allowed for districts to make their own distinctions about what is and isn’t allowed at school with regard to sunscreen and other over-the-counter medications.
What excellent news!
He stated that how the law will actually shake-out for districts is still to be seen (the devil is always in the details), but that he hoped a policy revision could be achieved by October. I said I’d love to be included when they were working on a revision and that I knew others would, too. He agreed, with enthusiasm.
In my conversations with various people today, I learned there are other families struggling with similar issues across the nation. After I catch my breath, I hope to dig into this issue on a national level and see how common sense might be restored across the USA.