Playing in the shade is the healthy choice!
“Where’s your hat?” Most of the time, students will remember to bring their hat to school, but on the odd occasion when it has been lost or left at home, what is your school’s approach to children without a hat during outdoor lessons or play and break times?
One outcome of implementing school health programs is to develop life-long healthy habits. It is valuable to spend time explaining to students WHY they should wear a hat when outside rather than a ‘no hat no play’ rule. Not only can it discourage physical activity, but it also makes not wearing a hat a punishable rule, rather than a healthy lifestyle behaviour. If a student has forgotten their hat, consider ‘no hat, play in the shade’ to ensure children are still protected from UV while being active. For outdoor lessons, spare hats or shaded activities are preferable to excluding students.
It is recommended that all staff and students wear a broad-brimmed, legionnaire or bucket hat that protects their face, neck, ears, and crown of the head when outside. Caps are not sun protective and should not be permitted.