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Sun Safe Policy

 
Rationale
The Queensland Government, including The Department of Education, is committed to protecting students from the harmful effects of the sun in accordance with the Department’s guidelines. North Shore State School is committed to Sun Safe practices and has developed a Sun Safety Policy which encompasses strategies outlined in the Department’s EPPR (Education Policy & Procedures Register) and will continue to review the Policy on an annual basis.
 
Aim
 To ensure all school community members are:
·       Aware of accepted sun smart practices and their benefits that promotes personal responsibility for skin cancer protection and early detection
·       Provided opportunities to adopt sun smart practices
·       Develop life-long strategies and beliefs which will reduce the risks of skin cancer for the total school community
Policy
Curriculum activities (HPE, Sport)
Students and staff
·       Have access to SPF 50+ sunscreen
·       Wear suitable hat wear (Broad brimmed hat) when exposed to the sun and when appropriate
·       Are encouraged to wear sunglasses and other suitable protective clothing (Swimshirt or T-shirt when in the pool)
 
 Extra curricula activity (Camps, Day Carnivals, Interschool Sport, Excursions)
Students and staff
·       Have access to SPF50+ sunscreen
·       Wear suitable hat wear (Broad brimmed hat) when exposed to the sun and when appropriate
·       Must wear suitable protective clothing (Swimshirt or T-shirt when in the pool) and are encouraged to wear sunglasses
 
Non structured activity (playtime, PGD, outside activities) 
Students and staff
·       Have access to SPF50+ sunscreen
·       Wear suitable hat wear (Broad brimmed hat) when exposed to the sun and when appropriate
·       Are encouraged to wear sunglasses and other suitable protective clothing
·       Encouraged to limit the time exposure in the sun
 
Action Plan
 
·       Provide SPF 50+ sunscreen to each end of the TLV’s and selected location for staff to access and dispense to students when required or requested
·       Encourage parents to apply sunscreen to students where needed 20 minutes before the start of school
·       Liaise with parents where students may have specific allergies to sunscreens
·       Promote the compulsory requirement to wear the school hat (Broad brimmed) as part of the uniform.
·       Provide adequate shade areas around the school for students to utilize JAM –Junior School and CAM- Senior School and covered play area in the PLV –Prep Learning Village with fans in all undercover areas
·       Procedures in place for extreme heat wave situations allowing for in class lunch supervision of students
·       Plant shade trees for future shaded play areas
·       Provide effective educational programs on sun safety and preventative measures through the Physical Education curriculum
·       Raise awareness through regular newsletter articles, student notices and whole school assemblies
·       Promote the importance of and encourage parents, teachers, support staff and volunteers to be role models for students
·       Encourage students to play in shade areas whenever possible
·       When reviewing school uniform design consider sun protection
·       Staff and community members to model desired practices through the wearing of a hat and sunglasses when outdoors