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Adopt the Policy

This is an H3

Objective:

In most, if not all school districts, the district Board of Education (the 'School Board' or 'school committee') must approve the sun safety policy before it can be implemented.

A public hearing or presentation might be necessary. The district superintendent's office can describe the usual process and advise you on how matters are brought before the board. Team members will have a better understanding of board procedures if they have attended board meetings prior to presenting the policy proposal.

Prepare a persuasive and concise case in support of the policy and provide supportive background information. It is wise to invite and involve policy supporters (such as parents, school nurses, and other community members) to attend the School Board meeting to voice their support or make a presentation on behalf of the proposed policy. For help with this process, see the Sun Safe Colorado Toolbox for handouts, a PowerPoint slide show, presentation and other presentation materials.

If your policy recommendations are not approved the first time, don’t despair. Discuss the problems with the Board and take those criticisms back to the policy development team. Decide on the modifications that can be made and take the revised policy back to the Board once more for approval.

Want to find out which school districts were successful in implementing sun safety? Click here.

Adapted from USDA Team Nutrition’s The Local Process: How to Create and Implement a Local Wellness Policy, and University of Southern California Prevention Solutions’ Alcohol & Drug Policy Resource Manual for Schools by Mary Ann Pentz, PhD. (Unpublished).

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