This policy aims to promote habits among students and staff that help to prevent damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays and to help reduce the incidence of skin cancer.
A balance of ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure is important for health. Too much of the sun’s UV radiation can cause sunburn, skin and eye damage and skin cancer. Sun exposure in childhood and adolescence is a major factor in determining future skin cancer risk. Too little UV from the sun can lead to low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and muscles, and for general health.
The Following Procedures Apply for Students and Staff at St John’s College
When students and staff are involved in outdoor activities at school or at school-related activities, they are likely to be exposed to direct sunlight. This might occur during Sport or PDHPE lessons, at recess and lunch times, and during other activities, for example, camps, excursions, etc. On such occasions, sunscreen is provided for all outdoor activities and the following procedures apply:
Students must provide their own SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen. This is included on the school’s booklist each year.
- Wear a Hat
Whenever students and staff are exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time (for example, over ten minutes) they must wear a broad brim hat that provides adequate protection to the face, neck and ears. For students, this is the correct green College hat, which is part of the school uniform.
Students who do not have a hat for activities conducted for an extended period of time outdoors must remain in the shade.
- Use Sunscreen
Whenever students and staff are exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time (for example, over ten minutes) they are encouraged to apply, as a minimum, a 30+ broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen to exposed skin and to reapply as directed by the manufacturer. Students are encouraged to use their own sunscreen. However, sunscreen will be available at the front office for both staff and students.
- Seek Protection in Shaded/Covered Areas
During recess and lunch, students and staff are encouraged to remain in the shade or in covered areas wherever possible.