NAG 5.4 Sunsmart

 

Adopted17th June 2019

Reviewed December 2021

The next review date is December 2024

 

Policy Statement

KingsGate School’s SunSmart policy has been developed to ensure that all children and staff are protected from damaging levels of UVR (ultraviolet radiation) from the sun.

 

Rationale

Excessive exposure to UVR from the sun causes sunburn, skin damage and increases the risk of skin cancer. New Zealand, along with Australia, has the highest melanoma rates in the world. One or more episodes of sunburn in childhood and adolescence have been shown to increase the risk of melanoma later in life. This policy is followed specifically during Terms 1 and 4. For most parts of New Zealand this is between September and April, especially between 10am and 4pm. The Cancer Society recognises that a balance is required between avoiding an increase in the risk of skin cancer and getting enough sun exposure for children to maintain adequate vitamin D levels, particularly in the winter months. Between May and August the UVI is 3 or under in most parts of New Zealand, especially in the south, so it is recommended that children do NOT wear hats, sunscreen or play in the shade during these months. During the winter months, encourage children to actively enjoy the sun.

 

Guidelines

All children and staff use a combination of sun protection measures specifically in Terms 1 and 4. Particular care is taken between September and April (between 10am and 4pm) when UV levels reach their peak.

Children will wear school hats which protect the face, neck and ears when they are outside at playtimes, lunchtimes, during physical education and sports.

Through the first aid supplies the school will provide a broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen for children and staff to use. The school will actively encourage children and staff to bring their own sunscreen to school and on school trips.

Where possible, children are to sit in the shade to eat their lunches.

Children are to wear hats and sunscreen on field trips etc.

Children are to wear clothing which protects their skin from the sun at lunchtimes, for games etc.

Where possible the school will provide shade at sporting and other outdoor events.

When children don’t have a hat, they will be encouraged to play in the shade.

Health Curriculum programmes will incorporate units on skin cancer prevention in the curriculum

Staff will be encouraged to act as role models by:

a. Wearing appropriate hats and clothing for all summer activities

b. Using broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen for skin protection

c. Seeking shade whenever possible.

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