SunSmart

Werribee Primary School is a registered SunSmart school member committed to ensuring students and staff are protected from too much UV which can cause skin and eye damage and skin cancer. Our school uniform includes covering clothing and sun protective hats and we have shady spaces for students to access. But we need your help.

SunSmart recommends SPF30 or higher broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen be applied to any skin not covered by clothing. Our school will be implementing strategies to help remind students to apply sunscreen before heading outdoors.

Please help support this initiative by:

- Supplying your child with SPF30 or higher, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen for use during school hours.

 

We are SunSmart - a note for families

 

From September, 5 things to Remember

From September, Victoria's UV levels are on the rise, so it's time to dust off the sun protection gear and Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide whenever you are outside.

Click here for further information

 

From May put sun gear away

Autumn leaves are falling and so are Victoria's ultraviolet (UV) levels - so it's time to start thinking about your sun exposure and vitamin D over winter.

Click here for further information

 

Other information can also be found on the Sunsmart Website 

 

Sunsmart Policy

RATIONAL

A healthy balance of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure is important for health.  Too much UV from the sun can cause sunburn, skin damage, eye damage and skin cancer.  Too little UV from the sun can lead to low vitamin D levels.

Werribee Primary School has developed a SunSmart Policy to ensure that all students and staff attending this school are protected from skin damage caused by the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.  It is to be implemented throughout the year with sun protection measures used from the beginning of September to the end of April.

To help maintain winter vitamin D levels, sun protection measures are not used from May until August unless the UV Index level reaches 3 and above.

PURPOSE

To provide all students, parents and staff attending Werribee Primary School with SunSmart strategies, that will protect them from sun damage caused by the harmful ultra-violet rays of the sun and provide safe UV exposure for vitamin D.

IMPLEMENTATION

As part of general SunSmart strategies, our school will address the following behaviours, curriculum and environment matters listed below.

BEHAVIOUR

  • Children and Staff are required to wear appropriate hats.  Children are required to wear an approved Werribee Primary School hat as sold at Rushfords Schoolwear which protects the face, neck and ears whenever they are outside (eg. recess, lunch, sport, excursions).  Baseball Caps offer little sun protection and are not recommended/permitted to be worn.
  • Sun protective clothing is included in our school uniform / dress code and sports uniform. School clothing is made of close weave fabric and includes shirts with collars and longer sleeves, longer style dresses and shorts and rash vests or t-shirts for outdoor swimming.
  • Werribee Primary School will provide SPF 30+ (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen for staff and student use.
  • Encourage students to apply SPF 30+ broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen before school and prior to the lunch break.
  • Children are reminded to apply sunscreen before going outdoors.
  • With parental consent, children with naturally very dark skin (skin that rarely or never burns) may not be required to wear sunscreen as the melanin in their skin can often tolerate higher levels of UV radiation without burning.
  • Encourage children to use available areas of shade for outdoor activities.
  • Teachers/staff will be required and parents encouraged to model SunSmart behaviours.
  • Students will be encouraged to regularly drink water during warmer weather.

CURRICULUM

  • Programs promoting SunSmart behaviour, vitamin D and skin cancer prevention will be incorporated into the curriculum at all year levels.
  • The school will regularly reinforce SunSmart behaviour in a positive way through newsletters, school assemblies, enrolments and student and teacher activities.
  • Ensure the SunSmart policy is reflected in the planning of all outdoor events (eg. camps, excursions, sporting events).

ENVIRONMENT

  • The School will where possible schedule outdoor activities to minimise time in direct sun. Particular care will be taken between 10:00 am and after 3:00 pm from September to April.
  • Outdoor activities will be arranged to be held in areas with plenty of shade whenever possible.
  • The Facilities Committee will work towards maintaining and increasing the number of adequate shaded areas so as to provide adequate shade in the school grounds.

EVALUATION

Werribee Primary School will review the effectiveness of this policy annually.

  • Review the SunSmart behaviour of students, staff, parents, and visitors and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Assess shade provision and usage and make recommendations for increases in shade provisions.
  • Update and promote curriculum material relevant to SunSmart activities and programs.

 

Relevant Documents / Links

DET School Policy & Advisory Guide: Sun & UV protection

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/spag/health/pages/sun.aspx

Building Quality Standards Handbook (BQSH): Section 7.5.5 Shade Areas

Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 Sections 21 and 23: Main Duties of Employers Section 25: Duties of Employees www.worksafe.vic.gov.au > Laws and Regulations > Acts and Regulations

Safe Work Australia: Guidance Note for the Protection of Workers from the Ultraviolet Radiation in Sunlight

http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/AboutSafeWorkAustralia/WhatWeDo/Publications/Documents/306/GuidanceNote_ProtectionOfWorkers_UltravioletRadiationInSunlight_2008_PDF.pdf

 

This policy encompasses all aspects of Werribee Primary School including Outside School Hours Care

This policy was approved at School Council Meeting on:  19 November 2013

 

 

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