How many sun protection boxes does your school tick?
Is your school wanting to improve sun protection for students and staff, but is not sure where to start?
This checklist will help to identify what your school is already doing well and what needs to be improved on. Your school can then prioritise actions.
|School organisation, ethos and environment|
|||Students and staff wear hats that protect the face, sides of face/neck and back of the neck such as broad-brimmed, bucket hats or legionnaire style. Not caps.||||The use of SPF30 or higher broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen is encouraged.|
|||All staff (plus parents and visitors if possible) role model sun protective behaviour when outdoors, particularly by wearing a sun protective hat. This step is crucial if your school wants to change student behaviour.||||Sunscreen is available in classrooms and/or at communal points throughout the school.|
|||Hats are worn either all year, or at times when the UV Index is 3 or above (not just in terms 1 and 4).||||Students have the option of wearing sunglasses if they chose.|
|||Students without hats remain protected from the sun and are encouraged to play in shaded areas.||||Adequate shade is provided around buildings, over playgrounds and other areas where students congregate.|
|||Uniforms are designed to provide protection from the sun (e.g. collars, longer sleeves and skirts/shorts), including sports uniforms.||||Portable shade is available for outdoor activities such as sports carnivals.|
|||Staff and students wear rashies or a top for outdoor swimming and water activities.||||Our school has an up-to-date sun protection policy, or sun protection is incorporated into a health and well-being policy.|
|||Parents are provided with information on sun protection and informed of the school sun protection policy/practices.||||Reminders about bringing sun protective equipment to outdoor events and role modelling SunSmart behaviour is communicated through school newsletters and other communication channels.|
|Curriculum, teaching and learning|
|||Sun protection is addressed in the curriculum across a number of year levels.||||Time is allowed for sunscreen application before lunch time and outdoor classes/activities.|
|||Outdoor activities are scheduled, where possible, to minimise time outdoors when the UV Index is 8 and above.|
If this list seems overwhelming and your school needs to improve in several areas, pick one thing to change initially. Even small improvements will have a positive impact on student health.