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Initial Homework

This is an H3

Objectives:

Before you start to develop your sun safety policy, review:

For samples, see Template Policies and Success Stories.

There are no standard procedures for developing a school sun safety policy; the process will vary from one district to another. Find out who needs to be involved or informed in your district, who needs to review and approve drafts, and what a typical timeline for review and approval might be.

It's important to plan your time wisely, so consider adopting a timeline to keep your team on track. If you are not familiar with your district's procedures, find out from the school district Superintendent's Office. The process by which you develop your district's policy can have a significant impact on your school and the effectiveness of implementation.

NASBE and policy development experts from The University of Southern California recommend taking these initial steps:

  1. Gather documentation that supports your sun safety goals.
  2. Meet with senior District Administrators to clarify the need for a sun safety policy. Come prepared to share relevant statistics, information and possible solutions for your district.
  3. Clarify the objective: Make sure you are familiar with current policies related to sun safety and know if your district needs a new policy or if an existing policy can be revised and improved.
  4. Become familiar with the political dynamics of your district. Find out who is likely to support your proposal and who is likely to oppose it.
  5. Respect the hierarchy! Administrators don’t like to be surprised: keep them up-to-date on your plans.
  6. Don't expect quick or easy victories. Policy change can take a long time. Be patient and persistent.

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 (Unpublished).

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