What is Sun Safety?
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Sun Safety is the practice of taking simple steps to reduce overexposure to UV rays while still enjoying the outdoors. Everyone can practice sun safety. This section reviews the seven sun safe solutions adapted from the CDC's Guidelines for School Programs to Prevent Skin Cancer. Consider which solutions will be most effective in making your district sun safe. Sun safety can be inexpensive and complementary to existing policies regarding dress code, health, safety, and education. Incorporating just one of these solutions at your district or into your district’s board policy will help protect your students and staff from the negative effects of the sun. However, a combination of solutions written into policy can have even greater impact.
Develop a formal policy that clearly communicates to students, staff, parents and the community your district’s position on sun protection. Learn more about creating a policy for your district and find tools to make it easy.
Allow students to cover up with hats, clothing and sunglasses. Better yet, actively encourage students and staff to cover up outdoors. Discover useful information on what makes clothing sun protective.
Allow students to use sunscreen while at school. Motivate students and teachers to use sunscreen regularly by digging into the nitty-gritty about sunscreen.
Provide access to adequate shaded areas. Learn how shade can be incorporated at schools within your district.
Try to creatively minimize the amount of time students and staff spend outdoors during peak sun intensity hours, without forfeiting physical activity.
Incorporate sun safety into classroom curricula and staff development.
Family & Community Involvement
Build sun safety partnerships with parents and community members to help in the planning, fundraising and implementation of sun safe school policies and environmental changes.
Involve school and district nurses when considering sun safety changes for your school district.
Review and evaluate your sun safety efforts on a regular basis to make sure your district is on the right track.
Help students and staff understand the dangers of indoor and outdoor tanning.
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