Living in Central Otago, we encourage our children to be enjoying outdoor activity – being active and fit and a making most of our environment. Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun causes sunburn, skin damage and increases the risk of skin cancer. New Zealand 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. Living in Central Otago, we have high rates of sunshine hours and therefore need to protect our children from the negative effects of the sun.
As part of general SunSmart strategies, during Terms 1 and 4, between 10 am and 4 pm, and at times when we are exposed to UV radiation from sun we will:
BehaviourRequire children to wear the school regulation bucket hat (min 6 cm brim, deep crown), when they are outside (e.g. interval, lunch, sport, excursions and activities) during Terms 1 and 4. School hats to remain at school.
Provide extra hats for children to borrow if appropriate.
Implement a “No Hat, No Play” and children have to sit in shaded area.
Request parents to provide at least SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen and the school will have supplies for those children who do not have sunscreen. Teachers to ensure children apply sunscreen between the hours of 10-4pm prior to outside activity.
Children are required to wear school uniform with collar and sleeves and shorts of a sunsafe length .
Encourage staff to role model SunSmart behaviour, particularly the use of appropriate hats, within the school grounds and during outdoor school activities.
Regularly publicise and reinforce the SunSmart Policy through the newsletter, website and at the start of the year parent meeting.
Inform parents of the Sunsmart Policy at enrolment, and encourage parents to practise SunSmart behaviour themselves through reminding them about the importance of adults modelling good sunsmart behaviour. Parents will be encouraged to provide SPF 30+ broad-spectrum sunscreen for their children.
At least SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen will be encouraged for all skiers on ski trips and applied to skin areas not covered by clothing.
All children are taught about the need to be aware and take responsible action to protect against the dangers of exposure to the sun (beginning Term 1 and Term 4) using resource www.sunsmartschools.org.nz to support their programme.
EnvironmentSunscreen is provided for each classroom at the beginning of each year. Sunscreen is to be taken and used on any outdoor activity. All children and especially those with allergies will be asked to provide their own at least SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Work towards developing and improving existing shade, particularly in areas where students congregate eg Sandpit area. Children will sit in shaded areas while eating their lunch.
Whenever possible schedule outdoor activities and sports events before 10 am.
Organise outdoor activities to be held in areas with plenty of shade whenever possible.
Take school gazebo on school events to provide extra shade.
As part of our Board of Trustees inspection of the property, assess current provision of sun shade areas once a year and highlight any improvements required.
Reinforcement and EvaluationEnsure ongoing assessment of SunSmart behaviour, shade provision, and curriculum emphasis.
Review of the SunSmart procedures by the Board of Trustees and Principal 3 yearly.
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