Sunsmart Policy

This policy includes Crossing Monitors, school excursions, fire drills, camps and casual clothing days and complements the policies of the ELC, OSHC and Vacation Care Programs.

Aims:
  • To reduce risks of skin cancer by protecting children and staff from harmful levels of UltraViolet radiation
  • To educate students as to suitable SunSmart protection strategies
  • To build behaviours within the school community which assist and encourage children and teachers to protect themselves from harmful overexposure to UV radiation.
  • To ensure all staff, students and families are aware of the SunSmart Policy and its practices.
  • A comprehensive Sun Protection Policy needs to cover the areas of curriculum, the environment, practices and behavior.
Implementation:
This policy is for implementation from 1st September – 30th April and on any other day that UV radiation levels are 3 and above.

CURRICULUM
  • Teachers will deliver lessons on skin protection at all year levels as part of the Health and Physical Education curriculum
  • Programs on Skin Cancer Prevention are included in the curriculum of at least three year levels.
BEHAVIOR and PRACTICES
1    Considering UV radiation levels when planning any outdoor activities
  • Extra care will be taken between 10am and 3pm, and especially from 1 September to 30 April when UV radiation levels are at their peak
  • Outdoor assemblies, fire drill, Sports Days and excursions are planned earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon or at an indoor venue
2    Using shade as much as possible
  • The need for shade will be considered when planning any outdoor activity
  • Children will be encouraged to use the shaded areas (over play equipment, sandpits and the courtyard) as much as possible
3    Requiring students and staff to wear protective clothing whilst outside
  • This policy is to be read as part of our Student Dress Code and is in place from 1 September – 30 April when the UV radiation level is 3 and above. Children will be required to wear the SunSmart approved regulation school hats from 1 September – 30 April and on other days when UV levels are 3 and above. Students should also have hats available for use during May-August if the UV radiation level is predicted to be 3 and above.
  • Students are actively encouraged to use available areas of shade when outdoors.
  • Students who have sunglasses with an Eye Protection Factor (EPF) rating of 10 and meet the Australian standard 1067 will be given permission to wear them at school.
  • Students without their regulation school hat are asked to stay in an area totally protected from the sun - ’No hat, no play'.

 

4    Supplying and actively encouraging the application of SPF30, or higher, broad spectrum sunscreen before outdoor activities

  • Children will be actively encouraged to wear a broad-spectrum water resistant sunscreen (SPF30 or higher).  
  • Sunscreen will be provided in each classroom, the gym, in the office and on excursions and camps.  
  • Sunscreen will be re-applied by students according to the manufacturer’s directions, under the supervision of teachers.
  • Children should apply sunscreen before coming to school each morning. Some parents may wish to provide a brand of sunscreen for their child which is different from what is provided by the school.
5    Reinforcing the SunSmart message in all school activities
  • SunSmart behavior is regularly reinforced and promoted to the whole school community through the school newsletter, school assemblies and on the school website.
THE ENVIRONMENT
  • Whenever possible, outside activities on hot days or days when the UV radiation level is above 3 should be scheduled before 11.00am
  • When the temperature is predicted to reach a maximum of 35ºC or above, as available on the BOM website, after school sport will be cancelled
  • The school has provided shade structures for students particularly over high density play areas such as sand pits, play equipment and the courtyard
  • Care will be taken during peak UV radiation times to ensure a combination of skin protection measures are considered when planning outdoor events from 1 September – 30 April, such as camps, excursions, sporting activities, the Swimming Carnival and Sports Day .
Evaluation:The school will review its Sun Protection Policy annually to ensure that the information remains current and relevant.

 

Curriculum