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Role of the District

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School districts, along with worksites and communities, are recognizing the importance of skin cancer prevention in Colorado. Along with parents, school districts have immediate access and influence on the health behaviors of children and adolescents. In Colorado, most school days are sunny days. Students can spend up to three hours outdoors during recess, lunch, physical education and after school activities.

Districts have the opportunity and responsibility to make a sun safe environment for students and staff through policy and education.

Start by assessing how your policies measure up to the CDC's recommended guidelines. Next, decide on the course of action that will work best for your schools, even if you start small. Then put it in writing and Draft a Policy. Lastly, evaluate your school or district's progress with sun safety implementation each year with Assess Your School or District.

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