Sunsmart Policy

Rationale:

 

· Over exposure to the sun presents a serious health risk. Students must therefore be educated as to the need for suitable sun protection, and protected from over exposure to the sun whilst at school.

 

Aims:

 

· To educate students as to suitable sun smart protection strategies.

 

· To encourage children and teachers to protect themselves from the harmful effects of the sun.

 

Implementation:

 

· Children will be required to wear Anti-Cancer Council approved close-weave broad brimmed hats (at least 8 cm rigid brim) during terms 1 and 4 whenever they are outside. September 1 is the recommended day to begin Sunsmart policy.

 

· Children without broad brimmed hats will be restricted play in designated shaded areas.

 

· Children will be actively encouraged to wear a broad-spectrum water resistant sunscreen (SPF30+). Sunscreen will be provided in each classroom, and on excursions. Sunscreen will be applied by students according to the manufacturer’s directions, under the supervision of teachers.

 

· Encourage staff and parents to act as role models by practicing Sun Smart behaviours.

 

· Those students involved in interschool sport will wear a hat to sport.

 

· The school council will work towards increasing the number of shelters and trees to provide adequate shade and shade structures in the school grounds for students as practicable; particularly over high density play areas such as sand pits and play equipment..

 

· The school newsletter and school assemblies will be used to highlight and reinforce the sun smart policy.

 

· Sun smart activities and sun protection will form part of the Health and Physical Education curriculum at all year levels.

 

· Our school has accreditation as a Sun smart school at the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria.