Sun Smart Policy

Sun Smart Policy

Rationale:

 

St Mary’s acknowledges the prevalence and importance of helping to prevent skin cancer in the school community by identifying it as an important public health issue, and addressing sun protection with the students, teachers and families.This policy applies to all school events on and off-site.

 

Aims:

 

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.

 

Implementation:

 

  • 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 school’s website, the free SunSmart app, or at 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. In Victoria, UV levels regularly reach 3 or higher from mid-August to the end of April.

 

  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 required 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Slop on sunscreen
  • Students must provide their own SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen.
  • The school supplies SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen for staff and student’s use.
  • Sunscreen is applied in accordance with the manufacturer’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).
  1. 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.

 

Evaluation:

  • This policy will be reviewed as part of the school’s review cycle.