Sun Protection Policy

Rationale

 Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.  Research indicates that childhood and adolescent sun exposure is an important contributing factor to the development of skin cancer.  As students are at school during times when UV radiation levels are highest, schools play a major role in minimising student’s UV exposure.

Our Sun Protection Policy has been adopted to ensure that all staff and students attending Settlers Primary School are protected from skin damage caused by UV radiation from the sun.  This policy is to be implemented throughout the year, but with particular emphasis from the beginning of September through to the end of May.  The sun protection practices outlined in this policy will be applied to all school activities, including sport carnivals, excursions and camps.  The policy has been developed in consultation with the whole school community.

Our Commitment

To inform parents of this Sun Protection Policy when they enrol their child/children.

  • To brief all new staff on the Sun Protection Policy.
  • To promote sun protection via newsletters, assemblies, daily messages, whole school activities, and parent and staff meetings.
  • Staff to wear broad-brimmed, legionnaire or bucket hats for all outdoor activities, including school grounds duty.
  • Students to wear broad-brimmed, legionnaire or bucket hats when outside.
  • Direct students without a broad-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire hat to stay in an area that is protected from the sun.  “No hat, no play, unless you’re in the shade today”.
  • Students to wear broad-brimmed or bucket hats, sun protective clothing and sunscreen for all camps, sports activities and excursions.  These items will be listed on the parent permission forms associated with each respective activity.
  • Staff and students to wear a swim top/rash vest for outdoor swimming (this may not be appropriate during competitive swimming but will be required at all other times).
  • Review the school dress code to include sun protection items such as shirts with collars and longer sleeves, and swim tops for swimming.
  • Ensure there is adequate provision of shade within the school grounds for students and staff, by planting trees and building shade structures.  Particularly in areas where students congregate e.g. lunch, canteen, outdoor lesson areas.
  • Encourage staff and students to use shaded or covered areas when outside.
  • Ensure that adequate shade is provided at sporting carnivals and outdoor events.
  • Timetable as many outdoor activities as possible – including assemblies, sport and physical education – before 10am and after 3pm.  When this is not possible activities should be scheduled as far from 12 noon as possible.
  • Encourage the use of SPF 30+ broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen by:
    • Listing sunscreen as an item students are required to buy for the school year.
    • Providing sunscreen in the classroom.
    • Allowing students time to apply sunscreen prior to outdoor activities e.g. prior to school, before lunch, PE lessons, sports, excursions, etc...
    • Incorporate sun protection and skin cancer awareness programs into the appropriate key learning areas of the school curriculum.
    • Review the Sun Protection Policy annually.

 

Our Expectations

 Parents/carers will:

  • Ensure your child/children has a broad-brimmed, legionnaire or bucket/surfie style hat.  The Cancer Council WA recommends the following hats:
    • Broad-brimmed (minimum 7.5cm brim)
    • Legionnaire style
    • Bucket/surfie style (minimum 6cm brim)
    • Ensure that your child/children’s clothing provides adequate protection from UV radiation.  The Cancer Council WA recommends the following:
      • Collars and sleeves
      • Closely woven fabric
      • Natural fibre
      • Swim tops for swimming
      • Ensure that your child/children has access to SPF 30+ broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen before leaving for school.
      • Act as positive role models by practising SunSmart behaviour.
      • Supports the school’s Sun Protection Policy and help design and regularly update the policy.

 

Students will:

  • Be aware of the school’s Sun Protection Policy.
  • Take responsibility for their health by being SunSmart.
  • Comply with SunSmart rules and guidelines by wearing suitable hats and clothing.
  • Apply SPF 30+ broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen before going outdoors.
  • Use shaded or covered areas outdoors.
  • Act as positive role models for other students in all aspects of SunSmart behaviour.
  • Be actively involved in initiatives to protect the school community from over-exposure to the sun.
  • Help design and regularly update the SunSmart policy
  • Participate in SunSmart education programs.

 

Evaluation

 The School Council will review the effectiveness of this policy each year.  They will:

  1.  Review the SunSmart behaviour of students, staff, parents and visitors to make recommendations for improvement.
  2. Assess shade provision and usage and make recommendations for increased shade provision.
  3. Update and promote curriculum material relevant to SunSmart activities.

 

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Signed by Mr Joe Fasolo

Principal, Settlers Primary School

2011