Schools are ideally placed to play a leading role in the reduction of future skin cancer rates because:
• Significant UV exposure occurs during childhood and adolescence
• Children attend schools during peak UV times
• Schools can create sun-safe environments and influence sun protection behaviours through education and role modelling.
As a SunSmart school, you can be confident you are implementing an approved Sun Protection Policy that meets the Department of Education Sun Safety for Students Guidelines.
Each school is responsible for developing, putting into action and regularly reviewing its own sun protection policy.
You are welcome to copy the sample SunSmart policy or use it to guide the development of your own sun protection policy.
Our SunSmart template: Primary School Sun Protection Policy
A SunSmart policy ensures schools are addressing 10 key areas of sun protection:
• Scheduling outdoor activities outside of peak UV times
• Using shade
• Wearing sun-safe hats
• Wearing sun-safe clothing
• Using at least SPF 30+ broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen
• Role modelling by teachers and staff
• Wearing sunglasses
• Teaching about sun protection
• Providing information to the school community
• Reviewing your school’s sun protection policy every three years.
For policy support or advice, you can also contact SunSmart.
SunSmart membership is valid for three years. You can check your current SunSmart status and renew here. All services must have a current sun protection policy.