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What is Sun Safety?

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Sun Safety is the practice of taking simple steps to reduce overexposure to UV rays while still enjoying the outdoors. Everyone can practice sun safety. This section reviews the nine sun safe solutions adapted from the CDC's Guidelines for School Programs to Prevent Skin Cancer. Consider which solutions will be most effective in making your district sun safe. Sun safety can be inexpensive and complementary to existing policies regarding dress code, health, safety, and education. Incorporating just one of these solutions at your school will help protect your students and staff from the negative effects of the sun. However, a combination of solutions written into policy can have even greater impact. Your district has already taken the first step of adopting a policy for sun safety; now, it's time to implement.

Policy
Policy

Communicate the formal policy that clearly explains to students, staff, parents and the community the district’s position on sun protection. Learn more about district policy. more>>>

Cover Up
Cover Up

Allow students to cover up with hats, clothing and sunglasses in accordance with California Education Code 35183.5. Better yet, actively encourage students and staff to cover up outdoors. Discover useful information on what makes clothing sun protective. more>>>

Sunscreen
Sunscreen

Allow students to use sunscreen while at school in accordance with California Education Code 35183.5. Motivate students and teachers to use sunscreen regularly by digging into the nitty-gritty about sunscreen. more>>>

Shade
Shade

Provide access to adequate shaded areas. Learn how shade can be incorporated at schools within your district. more>>>

Scheduling
Scheduling

Try to creatively minimize the amount of time students and staff spend outdoors during peak sun intensity hours, without forfeiting physical activity. more>>>

Education
Education

Incorporate sun safety into classroom curricula and staff development. more>>>

Family Involvement
Family Involvement

Build sun safety partnerships with parents to help in the planning, fundraising and implementation of sun safe school policies and environmental changes. more>>>

Health Services
Health Services

Involve school and district nurses when considering sun safety changes for your school district. more>>>

Evaluation
Evaluation

Review and evaluate your sun safety efforts on a regular basis to make sure your district is on the right track. more>>>

Not Tanning Not Tanning
Help students and staff understand the dangers of indoor and outdoor tanning. more>>>

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