The SunSmart policy has been developed to ensure that staff, students and their families are aware of the harmful effects of over-exposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun, and are assisted to develop self-protective practices. It is endorsed by the School Principal, staff members and the School Council.
Our developing SunSmart program includes strategies in the following areas:
- development of a 'hat wearing' culture among students, their families and staff with wide brim hats in the playground from September 1st to April 30th;
- Provide parents with comprehensive information on the use of SP30+ or greater water-resistant sunscreen and suggest they provide appropriate protection for their child as part of the child's school supplies. Application of sunscreen is encouraged where parents/carers approve, but is not compulsory as some children are allergic to some lotions. The school will provide a backup supply of sunscreen where parents/carers sign a permission form authorising its use;
- staff will actively encourage the wearing of long sleeves and/or the application of sunscreen during days of high UV levels;
- encourage students to make choices about spending at least part of play times in shaded areas;
- require staff to provide positive SunSmart models during outdoor activities and playground supervision;
- encourage families to adopt SunSmart behaviours for the whole family.
- incorporate SunSmart programs in curriculum planning throughout the school;
- encourage staff to use SunSmart Fun for Everyone as special activities especially during September through to April;
- use the school newsletter and News page to remind families of SunSmart strategies;
- Ensure planning for curriculum and community events held outdoors take the SunSmart policy into consideration.
- continue to develop more shade and sheltered areas through the implementation of the Grounds Improvement Plan;
- ensure shade available is taken into consideration when planning outdoor activities and encourage use of indoor venue during periods of high danger;
- Scheduling outdoor activities before ll:00am and after 3.00pm during the months of September through to April.