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Sun protection is an individual behavior. Some people will practice sun safety at school with or without a written policy. However, having a published policy clarifies the district’s position on the practice of skin cancer prevention at school. It encourages healthful behavior and can help protect all members of the school district community.
Healthy habits start early in life. Sun safety is no exception. Schools, in partnership with parents, have a responsibility to teach students how to protect themselves from the sun and to encourage healthy behaviors starting at a young age. A sun safety policy for students and staff is the right solution!
Creating a sun safety policy isn’t as difficult as you may think. It doesn’t have to cost a lot either. There are many ways to develop a sun safe school policy. You can model it after other school policies you have, you can make it from scratch, you can review sample policies from Sun Safe Colorado and other organizations or use the policy writing assistant in the Make it Policy section.
- Read through What is Sun Safety? to learn about sun safety principles and how they can be put into policy
- Then visit Make it Policy to walk through the steps to assess your district's needs, and to develop, approve and communicate a sun safety policy for your district
- Go to Put it Into Practice to find ideas for implementing your district policy with schools, teachers, students and parents
In recent national surveys, only 3% of elementary schools¹ and 10% of middle and high schools² had a sun protection policy in place.
1Buller, DB. Et al. Arch Dermatol. 2002;138:771-774.
2Buller DB, Buller MK, Reynolds KD. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006; 54:427-32.