This SunSmart policy provides guidelines to:
- ensure all students and staff are protected from over-exposure to UV radiation;
- ensure the outdoor environment provides shade for students and staff;
- ensure students are encouraged and supported to develop independent sun protection skills to help them be responsible for their own sun protection;
- support duty of care requirements; and
- support appropriate OHS strategies to minimise UV risk and associated harms for staff and visitors.
Too much of the sunâ€™s UV can cause sunburn, skin and eye damage and skin cancer. UV damage accumulated during childhood and
adolescence is strongly associated with an increased risk of skin cancer in later life.
- To assist with the implementation of this policy, staff and students are encouraged to access the daily local sun protection times via the SunSmart widget on the schoolâ€™s website, the free SunSmart app, or at sunsmart.com.au .
- The sun protection measures listed are used for all outdoor activities during the daily local sun protection times.
The sun protection times are a forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology for the time of day UV levels are forecast to reach 3 or higher. At these levels, sun protection is recommended for all skin types.
1. Seek shade
- The school council makes sure there are sufficient shelters and trees providing shade in outdoor areas particularly in high-use areas e.g. where students have lunch, canteen, assemblies, sports, outdoor lessons and popular play spaces.
- The availability of shade is considered when planning all other outdoor activities.
- Students are encouraged to use available areas of shade when outside.
- Students who do not have appropriate hats or outdoor clothing are asked to play in the shade or a suitable area protected from the sun.
- In consultation with the school council, shade provision is considered in plans for future buildings and grounds.
- A shade assessment is conducted regularly to determine the current availability and quality of shade.
2. Slip on sun protective clothing
- Cool, loose-fitting, sun protective clothing made of densely woven fabric is included in our school uniform / dress code and
sports uniform. It includes shirts with collars and elbow-length sleeves, longer dresses and shorts and rash vests or t-shirts for outdoor swimming.
Slap on a hat
- All students are required to wear hats that protect their face, neck and ears (legionnaire, broad-brimmed or bucket hat), whenever they are outside. Peak caps and visors are not considered a suitable alternative.
3. Slop on sunscreen
- Students must provide their own SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen and The school supplies SPF30 (or higher)
broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen for staff and studentâ€™s use.
- Sunscreen is applied in accordance with the manufacturerâ€™s directions (which state to apply at least 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours, or more frequently if sweating or swimming).
- Strategies are in place to remind students to apply sunscreen before going outdoors (e.g. reminder notices, sunscreen monitors, sunscreen buddies).
5. Slide on sunglasses [if practical]
- Where practical students are encouraged to wear close-fitting, wrap-around sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard 1067 (Sunglasses: Category 2, 3 or 4) and cover as much of the eye area as possible.
Learning and skills
Programs on sun protection are included in the curriculum for all year levels.
Engaging children, educators, staff and families
SunSmart behaviour is regularly reinforced and promoted to the whole school community through newsletters, school website/intranet,
staff and parent meetings, school assemblies, student and teacher activities and at student enrolment/new staff orientation.
As part of OHS UV risk controls and role- modelling, staff, families and visitors:
- wear a sun protective hat, covering clothing and, if practical, sunglasses;
- apply sunscreen; and
- seek shade whenever possible.