NGPS SunSmart Policy

 

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SunSmart Policy Endorsed by School Council: 1. PURPOSE This policy has been developed as part of our commitment to a safe school environment to reduce the risk to students and staff of exposure to UV radiation from the sun. . 2. GUIDELINES The sun protection policy is designed to: 2.1. increase student and whole-school awareness of skin cancer and other damage caused by exposure to UV radiation 2.3. encourage the entire school community to use a combination of sun protection measures whenever UV Index levels reach 3 and above 3. IMPLEMENTATION Strategies 3.1–3.4 (clothing, sunscreen, scheduling, role modelling) will be implemented from the beginning of September until the end of April, as this is when UV Index levels are high enough (3 and above) to damage the skin and lead to skin cancer. 3.1 Clothing - Sun protective clothing is included in our school uniform. From September to the end of April or whenever UV Index levels reach 3 students will wear Sunsmart hats so as to provide sun protection for the face, neck and ears whenever they are outside (recesses, lunch, P.E. classes, sport activities, excursions, outdoor assemblies etc.). The school hat is a Sunsmart blue safety slouch or bucket hat. Students who do not a Sunsmart hat during recesses and lunch breaks will remain undercover near the canteen and will not be permitted to participate in outdoor excursions, sports activities etc. School uniform clothing is sun protective (cool, loose fitting and made of densely woven fabric). 3.2 Sunscreen - Students are encouraged to bring from home to school their own SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen. Staff should encourage students to use sunscreen and provide time for students to apply sunscreen before going outside (where possible at least 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapplied every 2 hours if outdoors). The school community is educated about the correct use of sunscreen and the level of protection it provides, and support is sought from parents in educating their children in SunSmart strategies.

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