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These prominent national and international organizations have created guidelines for bringing sun safety into schools and school districts. All are concerned with keeping students safe from overexposure to UV rays and have developed guidelines to help you assemble your own sun safety policy:

CDC Guidelines for School Programs to Prevent Skin Cancer
Published in 2002 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the report consolidates much of the existing research about creating effective school polices to prevent skin cancer into one succinct document. This report provides seven guidelines for schools that are compatible with coordinated school health objectives. more>>>

NASBE’s Fit Healthy and Ready to Learn: School Health Policy Guide
In its school health policy guide called Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) specifically developed Part II to outline an extensive sample sun safety policy. The sample policy includes intent, instructional program design, program requirements that address outdoor activities and school environments, as well as education for school staff, family and community involvement. more>>>

WHO’s Intersun Programme
Through the Intersun Programme, the World Health Organization (WHO) has developed several publications to help policymakers create education programs to protect students from overexposure to UV rays. more>>>

Other Guidelines for District Health Policies:

Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP)
CDC, the program model promotes comprehensive school health by coordinating eight different agencies usually involved in school health. This encourages healthier schools and students, and is being adopted by schools across the nation. Teaching sun safety can be an integral part of CSHP and can be incorporated into all of the eight components. more>>>

Local Wellness Policy
This national law requires every school district participating in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program to establish a local wellness policy for nutrition and physical activity by the beginning of the school year. With crafting your wellness policy, include sun safety as an aspect of overall student wellness. more>>>

Guidelines for Sun Safety Programs to Protect Employees:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Concerned about sun safety for your staff? To protect staff from the harms of UV radiation, OSHA has developed a handout for outdoor workers with information about skin cancer and how to detect it early, and tips to stay protected while working outdoors. more>>>

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