|SCHOOL POLICY: SUNSMART
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.
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.
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;
Collars and sleeves
Closely woven fabric
Act as positive role models by practising SunSmart behaviour
Support the school’s SunSmart policy and help to design and regularly update the policy.
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.
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