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 Sunsmart Policy

 

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RATIONALE:

The SunSmart Policy for St Francis Xavier School, Goodna has been developed to ensure that all students and staff members attending this school are protected from skin damage caused by the harmful ultraviolet rays of the Queensland sun.
 

AIMS: 

The policy aims to:
• provide ongoing education that promotes personal responsibility for skin cancer prevention and early detection.
• provide environments that support SunSmart practices.
• encourage the members of the school community to wear protective clothing, hats and sunscreen for high risks times such as lunch times, sports, excursions and all outside activities.
 

PROCEDURES:

Our school recognises that the winter sun also contributes to skin damage. The implementation of this policy will, therefore, be conducted throughout the school year.
 The purpose of the SunSmart policy is to endeavour to have all children and staff members attending our school protected from the harmful effects of the sun throughout the year.
 

OUR COMMITMENT: 

St Francis Xavier School will:
 
• inform parents of the SunSmart policy when they enroll their child/children at the school.
• include the SunSmart policy statement in the school handbook.
• increase where possible the amount of shade in the school grounds.
• incorporate into the school curriculum education programs that focus on skin cancer prevention .
• encourage all teachers and staff to act as positive role models for children in all aspects of SunSmart behaviour.
• seek ongoing support from parents and the school community for the SunSmart policy and its implementation through weekly school newsletters items, weekly school assemblies and on the school notice board.
• encourage students and staff to wear hats that protect the face, neck and ears, and SPF 15 or higher, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, when involved in outdoor activities.
• will follow a “no hat, no play” policy.
• encourage children to wear SunSmart clothes during outdoor activities
• endeavour to provide adequate shade at sporting carnivals and other outdoor activities
 

OUR EXPECTATIONS:

Parents/Carers will:
• provide a SunSmart hat for their child/children and encourage them to wear the hat to and from school.
• ensure that their child/children use SPF15 or higher, broad-spectrum, water-resistant regularly.
• ensure that their child/children’s clothing provides adequate protection from ultraviolet rays.
• act as positive role models by practicing SunSmart behaviour.
• support the school’s SunSmart policy.
 
 
Students will:
• be aware pf the school’s SunSmart policy
• take responsibility for their own health and safety by being SunSmart
• comply with the SunSmart rules and guidelines by wearing the school uniform (including the hat), and use sunscreen at appropriate times.
• act as positive role models for other students in all aspects of SunSmart behaviour.
• participate in SunSmart education programs.

EVALUATION: 

The Members of the Health Committee will:
• review the effectiveness of the SunSmart policy each year.
• review the SunSmart behaviour of students and staff members and make recommendations for improvement.
• access shade provision and usage and make recommendations for increase in shade provision to the Administration Team.
• update the promote curriculum material relevant to SunSmart activities (e.g. information from the Queensland Cancer Council.