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Sun Safety Policy

Rationale
The Queensland Government, including The Department of Education, Training and the Arts, is committed to protecting students from the harmful effects of the sun in accordance with the Department’s guidelines. Boonah State High School’s continued commitment to Sun Safe  practices 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 through the Annual Operational Plan.
 
Aim
To ensure all school community members are:
1.    Aware of accepted sun smart practices and their benefits that promotes personal responsibility for skin cancer protection and early detection
2.    Exposed to, observe and adopt sun smart practices
3.    Provided with incentives and opportunity to adopt sun smart practices
 
Policy
Ø  Curriculum activities (HPE, Sport, Agriculture)
 
Students and staff
a.     Have access to SPF 30+ sunscreen
b.    Model suitable hat wear when exposed to the sun a and when appropriate
c.     Are encouraged to wear sunglasses and other suitable protective clothing (‘rashie’ or T-shirt when in the pool)
 
Ø  Extra curricula activity (Camps, Day Carnivals, Excursions)
 
Students and staff
a.     Have access to SPF30+ sunscreen
b.    Model suitable hat wear when exposed to the sun and when appropriate
c.     Must wear suitable protective clothing (‘rashie’ or T-shirt when in the pool) and are encouraged to wear sunglasses
 
Ø  Non structured activity (timetable meal breaks and PGD)
 
Students and staff
a.     Have access to SPF30+ sunscreen
b.    Wear suitable hat wear when exposed to the sun and when appropriate
c.     Are encouraged to wear sunglasses and other suitable protective clothing
d.    Encouraged to limit the time exposure in the sun
 
Action Plan
Ø  Provide SPF 30+ sunscreen to every staffroom, the tuck-shop and/or selected location for staff to access and dispense to students when required or required or requested.
Ø  Promote the compulsory requirement to wear the school hat as part of the uniform.
Ø  Seek responsibility from the P & C to provide low cost (good quality) school hat for sale to students through the uniform shop.
Ø  Increase shade areas around the school including the installation of additional shade sails and play area / bus shelter and maximize their use.
Ø  Plant shade trees
Ø  Provide effective educational programs on sun safety and preventative measures through the Physical Education curriculum and through structured class visits by the school nurse.
Ø  Raise awareness through regular newsletter articles, student notices, year parade and whole school assemblies.
Ø  Promote the importance of and encourage parents, teachers, support staff and volunteers to be role models for students
Ø  When reviewing school uniform design consider sun protection
Ø  Continue to develop appropriate strategies to manage reported student non-compliance when participating in curriculum and extra curriculum activities. Such strategies will be inclusive of parental involvement to support the matter.
Ø  Staff and community members to model desired practices through the wearing of a hat and sunglasses when outdoors.