BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - When the new school year begins, Louisiana's public school students won't need permission from a doctor or their school to use sunscreen on campus.

Gov. John Bel Edwards' office announced Monday the governor has signed into law a bill excluding sunblock from being categorized as a medicine at public schools.

The legislation by Ville Platte Rep. Bernard LeBas spells out that a student "may possess and self-apply sunscreen" at school, on a school bus or at a school function. If a student can't apply the sunblock, a school employee can do it - if a parent has given written consent.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says at least seven other states have adopted similar legislation in recent years. Louisiana's law takes effect Aug. 1.