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SAN ANTONIO (KSAT) – It may not be summer yet but you may already be feeling the effects of the sun.

Christy Riggs says skin cancer runs in her family and her father recently passed away from it.

That’s why she was so furious when she found out her 10-year-old daughter was not allowed to put on sunscreen during a school field trip.

In fact, she says her daughter wasn’t even allowed to bring sunscreen to campus.

“When you have a school field trip or a field day which they’re out there for an extended period of time, they should be allowed to carry sunscreen and reapply,” said Riggs.

Riggs says because of the policy, her child suffered a sunburn.

According to a spokeswoman for the North East Independent School District, sunscreen is considered a medication and children who bring it would need a doctor’s note.

Aubrey Chancellor told KSAT, “Typically, sunscreen is a toxic substance and we can’t allow toxic things to be in our schools.”

Chancellor says the policy deals with a child’s safety, saying they should already be covered in sunscreen when they get to school.

She said, “We have to look at the safety of all of our students and we can’t allow children to share sunscreen. They could possibly have an allergic reaction, they could ingest it. It’s really a dangerous situation.”