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Assessment Standards

This is an H3

The assessment determines your district’s sun safety status by asking questions about your school district policies in six categories. For each category, Sun Safe Schools has developed a standard that takes into consideration feasibility, cost, best practices for skin cancer prevention and overall impact on student and staff sun safety. In some categories, it is not possible to exceed the standard.

A. Student Behaviors Standard: Allow students to practice sun safety.

Exceeds: All behaviors are allowed, and at least one behavior is encouraged or required. Tank tops are discouraged or prohibited.
Meets: All behaviors are allowed and tank tops are discouraged.
Partially meets: At least one policy allows student sun safety behavior.
Not met: There are no policies concerning these behaviors.

B. Staff Behaviors Standard: Encourage staff to practice sun safety.

Exceeds: All behaviors are encouraged, and at least one behavior is required.
Meets: All behaviors are encouraged.
Partially meets: At least one policy allows staff sun safety behavior.
Not met: There are no policies concerning these behaviors.

C. Student Education Standard: Require student education

Meets: Student sun safety education is required.
Partially meets: Student sun safety education is encouraged or allowed.
Not met: There is no policy concerning sun safety education.

D. Staff Education Standard: Require Staff Education

Meets: Staff sun safety education is required.
Partially meets: Staff sun safety education is encouraged or allowed.
Not met: There is no policy concerning staff sun safety education.

E. Time Scheduling Standard: Encourage alternative scheduling

Exceeds: Scheduling outdoor events before or after 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is required.
Meets: Scheduling outdoor events before or after 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is encouraged
Partially meets: Scheduling outdoor events before or after 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. is allowed.
Not met: There are no policies concerning scheduling of outdoor events.

F. Shade Standard: Require shade policies

Meets: Both policies require shade provisions at schools and new construction plans.
Partially meets: At least one policy encourages or allows shade provisions at schools and new construction plans.
Not met: There are no policies concerning shade.

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