Queensland has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Two out of every three Queenslanders will develop some sort of skin cancer in their lifetime. Research suggests that at least two-thirds of all melanomas occurring in Australia could be prevented if children were protected from the sun during their first 15 years.Skin damage, including skin cancer, is the result of cumulative exposure to the sun. Research shows that severe sunburn contributes to skin cancer and other forms of skin damage such as sunspots, blemishes and premature ageing. Most skin damage and skin cancer is therefore preventable.Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) levels are highest during the hours that children are at school.With this in mind, St Ita’s Primary School realises the need to protect children’s skin and educate them about SunSmart behaviour, thus reducing the risk of skin damage from exposure to the sun.Parents not wishing to comply with the sun protection policy and procedures are required to document this in writing and forward this letter to the Principal where it will be kept on file.AimsThe policy aims to:· provide ongoing education that promotes personal responsibility for skin cancer prevention and early detection.
Our school recognises that winter sun also contributes to skin damage. The implementation of this policy will therefore be conducted throughout the year.The purpose of the SunSmart policy is to ensure that all children attending our school are protected from the harmful effects of the sun throughout the year.Applying sunscreen before leaving for school is as important as children cleaning their teeth. The school will only provide sunscreen in emergency situations e.g. when a child has forgotten to bring sunscreen to a whole day outdoor activity.
St Ita’s School will: