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Fullana Learning Center

We incorporated a variety of sun protection activities. During our Family Health Fair, we had a display about sun protection practices. We also incorporated a preschool sun protection program into our summer school curriculum. We also have provided seminars on sun protection practices to the staff at the preschool and our Early Head Start Programs as well as to child care providers and parents. It is amazing how staff, parents and children are more aware of the importance of practicing sun safety behaviors. For instance, our teachers check the UV Index daily and the children expect to apply sunscreen before going outside. The children also bring wide-brimmed hats to school to wear during outside time. Besides the children, the staff members and parents are becoming role models by wearing hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. We have also been fortunate to be able to provide shade structures on four playgrounds. Our future goals are to erect shade structures on more Early Head Start playgrounds and continue educating our staff, the children and their parents on good sun safety practices.

Susan McColl
Fullana Learning Center

Elementary Schools

Foothill Elementary School

Foothill Elementary has been positively impacted by the Sun Safety grant funding that was awarded last year. Funds were used to purchase trees that will provide shade in the future for playground areas and areas for students, staff and parents.  The trees were strategically placed to shade existing playground structures when the trees mature. We want to encourage students to be physically active at recess and chose to provide shade for students using the playground structures. Because policies can only be mandated at the district level, our school has presented guidelines for Sun Safety to our community. This has been done through parent newsletters, PTO meetings, teacher daily memos, 2nd grade classroom curriculum and through the physical education program.

Sue Brittenham, Ed. D.
Physical Educator

Covering up at Alisal Elementary, Pleasanton, CA

“Alisal is continuing to promote our Sun Safety Program. Students are allowed to wear hats outside at recess, lunch and during PE classes. Periodically, Sun Safety reminders are put in our Bear Facts Newsletter and reminders are given to students during our Words of Wisdom announcements periodically during the school year.

At the beginning of the year, as part of our Welcome Back Walkthrough, there is always an information table for families. During our Go Green Program and part of our Science Fair in March, and Earth Week in April, there is sun safety and health information given to students. Parents receive similar information which is distributed through the school email news group.

We hang sun safety posters around the school in key viewing locations and in the classrooms. Our noon supervisors, safety valets and teachers on yard duty model wearing hats for students while they are outside so students and families are constantly reminded about the benefits of protecting their skin from the sun.

During the recent District-wide Science Fair at Alameda County, our sun safety parents along with students gave away sunscreen and talked with families about the dangers of UV rays.

Another sun safety protection that we offer to our students is the amazing sun shade structures on our playground provided by our school district and the tree planting program spearheaded by Alisal's PTA.”

Barbara Heisser, Principal
Alisal Elementary School

Elementary school urges its students to practice sun safety, Salt Lake City, Utah

Paul Bergera, the principal at South Jordan Elementary school in Salt Lake City, Utah, recognizes the need for sun safety among elementary school children. Jordan School District’s dress code policy prohibits students from wearing hats and sunglasses indoors; however it does not preclude their use outdoors on school grounds.

South Jordan Elementary is a new school with young trees offering little to no shade for children on sunny days. Mr. Bergera noticed children crouching in the shade next to the portables rather than playing at recess. Recognizing the importance of exercise, while acknowledging the need for protection from the sun, Mr. Bergera decided to encourage and remind the children to wear hats, sunglasses, and apply sunscreen when outdoors.

In addition to encouraging sun safe behaviors, Mr. Bergera invited the Huntsman Cancer Institute Education and Outreach Program to conduct an assembly at the school, educating students about skin cancer and the importance of sun safety. Posters of the staff’s sun safety catchphrase are posted in the lunchroom and hallways; SLIP-Slip on protective clothing; SLOP-Slop on the sunscreen; SLAP-Slap on a hat; WRAP-Wrap on sunglasses to protect your eyes; CHECK-Check the UV index for the day; and PLAY-Enjoy playing outside but play in the shade when possible.

When asked about common concerns for allowing the use of hats at school including the possible spread of lice, keeping track of hats, and gang affiliation, Mr. Bergera said that he has not experienced any problems in these areas. Hats are treated the same as other personal property items such as jackets and umbrellas, they are kept in their desk or backpack when not in use. For this reason, the spread of head lice and keeping track of the hats has not been a problem. Despite the fact that Mr. Bergera did not designate a color or style of hat to be worn, he has not experienced any problems with kids wearing the hats as a representation of gang affiliation.

Mr. Bergera was careful to note that he is not violating or undermining school district policy in any way. He believes the Jordan School District is in support of his decision to encourage these sun safe behaviors at his elementary school.

Deans, T. Jordans: Soak up sun -- with care. (2007, May 10). Salt Lake Tribune

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Haxton Elementaty/ Jr. High

Haxtun hosted a field day where many sun safety actions were implemented. Most parents applied sunscreen to their children before school or sent sunscreen with their children to be applied before the outdoor activities began. Many students also wore sunglasses and hats. Staff members were also sun safe and wore sunglasses and hats while supervising the event. The track tent was set up so students could use the shaded area between events during the day.

La Junta Intermediate School

La Junta Intermediate School was a recipient of a sun safety grant.  With the help of the Sun Safe Colorado grant money we have taken the first steps towards making our school more sun safe.  Grant money has been used to purchase educational materials, a supply of sunscreen for use during outdoor activities, lip balm, and a UV meter. A 24’ by 36’ shade shelter has been constructed on the playground and is being used by students.  Teachers will be able to have classes under the shade shelter or students can use the shelter for lunch or other activities. The PTO purchased picnic tables which were placed in the shade shelter.

A sun safety policy was adopted by our school which encourages students to wear sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and protective clothing.  Sun safety classes have been given to all of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.  The classes demonstrated how UV light damages the skin and explained the meaning of the UV index.  The classes also stressed the importance of wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and protective clothing while outdoors.  Sunscreen has been made available in each classroom and lip balm was distributed to each student.  One of our 5th grade classes is using the UV meter to check the UV readings throughout the day and entering them on the Sun Wise web site.  UV posters have been placed in each classroom.  Letters were sent home to each student’s parents with a copy of our sun safety policy and encouraging parents to be involved in sun safety for their family.

Middle Schools

Highland Middle School

Highland Middle School was a grant recipient of the Sun Safe Colorado Program. The money received from the grant was spent in two phases. During the first phase, we ordered a middle school curriculum on sun safety to implement in all our middle school health classes as well as brochures with sun safety tips to distribute to staff members and parents. In addition, we ordered a supply of sunscreen for students to use before engaging in outdoor activities.

In the second phase, we continued with our sun safety education by having Mary Buller (Klein Buendel) give a presentation on sun protection. We invited our entire district staff and had two-thirds in attendance! We sent out the brochures we ordered in the first phase to parents with a letter about the importance and availability of sunscreen for students. Additionally, we were able to build a shade structure. We placed picnic tables under the structure and the students fill the tables every time they are outside! Besides continuing with the programs we have already implemented, our next step is to begin developing a district wide policy relating to sun protection.

Jane Gortney
Highland Middle School

Massabesic Junior High School and teacher Daniel Chuhta, Waterboro, ME

Daniel Chuhta, winner of a 2004 Helios Award from the EPA SunWise program is a science teacher at Massabesic Junior High in Waterboro, Maine. Mr. Chuhta teaches his students about the UV Index and how to use the SunWise program’s educational tools. He has also developed a class website that features a link to the SunWise program so his students can stay informed about UV Index daily.

High Schools

Clovis High School, Clovis, CA

Clovis High School in Clovis, CA teaches sun safety with the SunWise program. Students are taught about ultraviolet (UV) radiation through the use of the UV-sensitive Frisbee and innovative activities created by one of the teachers. Clovis High School has also built shade structures and placed bottles of sunscreen in locker rooms for students to use before going outdoors for physical education classes.

Conifer High School

The staff attended a half-day training provided by Mary Buller from Klein Buendel. This training was well received and teachers reported back about how much they had learned. We purchased 2 UV watches that are used in the P. E. classes. Students showed great interest in the watches and constantly check the UV level. We also purchased a class set of UV cards, which have been well used. Sunscreen and lip balm were also purchased for student use and while we don't have a 100% use rate yet, more and more students are applying them before going outside. I have created an ad that will run in our October school newspaper as we continue in our efforts to educate our students and staff on the importance of protecting yourself from the sun. I am in the process of creating four more ads to place in future newspaper editions.

We purchased a computer, printer, digital camera, and software so that we could create what I feel is our greatest achievement thus far. Student's researched, wrote, filmed, edited, and produced a sun safety awareness DVD movie for our high school students. Short clips of our movie are going to run on our video announcements. These are going to run right before Prom this year. We purchased a Woods Light, but we found it difficult to use. It was very hard to catch on the movie. I am proud of all that we have accomplished, but I am also very excited to continue to move forward in sun safety awareness. I hope to have a school policy written before the end of January.

Anna Mead
Conifer High School

Northridge High School and teacher Kay Hanson, Greeley, CO

Kay Hanson, physical education teacher at Northridge High School in Greeley, CO, has worked to receive $15,000 worth of grants from the Colorado Department of Education to promote sun safety. The grant money has helped the school plant trees around the campus, buy tents for the track team and sunglasses for school employees that work outside. This year, Hanson has geared her efforts toward changing attitudes regarding indoor tanning and sunbathing. As prom approached, Hanson organized a Sun Safe Pre-prom Fashion Show. The fashion show promoted positive opinions of un-tanned skin as well as alternative tanning methods such as spray-on and wipe-on self tanners. Participants of the show signed contracts promising not to tan using unsafe methods. With the support of local businesses, the sophomore class used the fashion show as a fundraiser and all 500 fashion show attendees received goodie bags with sunless tanning samplers.

Northridge High School

We added shade to our school grounds, educated both students and staff on the importance of protecting yourself from the sun, and purchased sunscreen and lip balm for our school community. We planted twelve trees near the softball fields and the student commons area where many congregate during their lunch hour, and purchased three large tents to use during any outdoor school activity whether it be a soccer game, a track meet, a back to school event, or any of a number of school activities that occur outdoors. We have also included a sun safety unit into our 9th grade health program, which every 9th grade student must pass in order to graduate high school. We also have provided staff with information on how to be sun-safe, and provided teachers, who go outside for class activities, with sunglasses. In addition to sunglasses, we purchased sunscreen and lip balm for students and staff to use during health and P.E. classes, team practices, and outdoor field trips. We advertised the dangers of tanning booth use during homecoming with the use of posters and plan on doing this again during Prom.

Kay Wikum
Northridge High School

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