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SCHOOL POLICY: SUNSMART

Rationale


Research suggests that at least two-thirds of all melanomas occurring in Australia could be prevented if children were protected from the sun during their first 15 years.


Skin damage, including skin cancer, is the result of cumulative exposure to the sun. Research shows that severe sunburn contributes to skin cancer and other forms of skin damage and skin cancer is therefore preventable.
Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) levels are highest during the hours that children are at school.
With this in mind, Rockhampton Special School realises the need to protect children’s skin and educate them about SunSmart behaviour, thus reducing the risk of skin damage from exposure to the sun.

Aims


The policy aims to:

  • Provide ongoing education that promotes personal responsibility for skin cancer prevention and early detection.

  • Provide environments that support SunSmart practices.

  • Create an awareness of the need to reschedule work commitments and outdoor activities to support SunSmart practices.



Procedures


Our school recognises that winter sun also contributes to skin damage. The implementation of this policy will therefore be conducted throughout the whole year.
The purpose of this SunSmart policy is to ensure that all children attending our school are protected from the harmful effects of the sun throughout the year.

Our Commitment


Rockhampton Special School will:

  • Inform parents of the SunSmart policy when they enrol their child

  • Include the SunSmart policy Statement in the school prospectus (parent handbook) and the school web site

  • Increase the amount of shade in the school grounds, where possible, by building shelters and planting trees and purchasing / hiring temporary shade

  • Incorporate education programs that focus on skin cancer prevention into the school curriculum

  • Encourage all teachers and staff to act as positive role models for children in all aspects of SunSmart behavior and to wear a 6cm brim minimum and deep crown bucket hat or a 7cm brim minimum for broadbrim hat or legionaries style hats.

  • Seek ongoing support from parents and the school community for the SunSmart policy and its implementation, through newsletters, parent meetings etc.

  • Ensure that all students wear a hat, SPF30, broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen, when involved in outdoor activities (applied 20 minutes before going outside)

  • Provide classroom or class blocks with SPF30 Board spectrum water resistant sun cream for students to use, while at any outdoor activity. Teachers to be aware of any possible allergies related to sun cream for students in their class.

  • Ensure students without adequate sun protection use shaded or covered areas at recess and lunch times – NO HAT or SUN SAFE SHIRT NO PLAY

  • Encourage all students and staff to wear wrap around sunglasses that meet Australian Standard AS/NZS 1067:2003

  • Review the school dress code to confirm with the Queensland Cancer Fund SunSmart clothing guidelines.

  • Incorporate a SunSmart swim shirt into the school uniform

  • Ensure that, wherever practicable, outdoor activities take place before 10 am or after or after 2 pm. (Australian Eastern Standard Time [AEST])

  • Ensure PE lesson timetabling of infant lessons are in the morning sessions, followed by middle school and upper school

  • Ensure a school sun smart rules poster is displayed in each classroom and other key areas

  • Ensure that adequate shade is provided at sporting carnivals and other outdoor events

  • Ensure timetabling of sports/PE units suit the climate of seasons where possible (ie. covered activities during summer)

  • Review the SunSmart policy annually. Ensure promotion of Sun Safety in the weekly newsletter.


Our Expectations

Parents / carers will:



  • Provide a SunSmart hat for their child and ensure that they wear it to and from school. The Queensland Cancer Fund recommends the following hats:

- 6cm brim minimum deep crown for bucket hats

- 7cm brim minimum for wide brimmed hats or Legionnaire-style caps



  • Ensure that their child applies SPF30, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before leaving for school

  • Ensure that their child’s clothing provides adequate protection from UVR. The Queensland Cancer Fund recommends clothing that has the following features;

    • Dark-coloured

    • Collars and sleeves

    • Closely woven fabric

    • Natural fibre

  • Act as positive role models by practising SunSmart behaviour

  • Support the school’s SunSmart policy and help to design and regularly update the policy.

Students will:



  • Be aware of the schools SunSmart policy

  • Take responsibility for their own health and safety by being SunSmart

  • Comply with SunSmart rules and guidelines by wearing suitable hats, clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses (Wrap around Australian Standard AS/NZS 1067:2003) - see also above hat guidelines

  • Apply SPF30, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors

  • Use shaded or covered areas when outdoors

  • Act as positive role models for other students in all aspects of SunSmart behavior

  • Help to design and regularly update the SunSmart policy

  • Participate in SunSmart education programs.

Staff will:



  • Be aware of the schools SunSmart policy

  • Comply with SunSmart rules and guidelines by wearing suitable hats, clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses - see also above hat guidelines

  • Act as positive role models for students in all aspects of SunSmart behaviour


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