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.
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.
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.
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.
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.