We are concerned about protecting staff and pupils from sunburn and from skin damage that can be caused by the harmful ultra-violet rays in sunlight. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the country. As sunburn and almost all skin cancer is caused by the sun, it is possible to prevent this happening. The school believes that by encouraging sun safe behaviour at school and teaching children about the risks of sunlight, we can prevent them burning and contribute towards preventing skin cancer. The school would like your help and support in this matter.
- We will be encouraging children to avoid sunburn and overexposure to the sun by:
- Seeking the shade, particularly during the middle of the day
- Wearing suitable hats
- Wearing clothing that protects the skin, particularly for outdoor activities and school trips
- Using a high factor sunscreen (SPF 15+).
Staff will be encouraged to set an example.
Teachers and support staff on outdoor duties or in charge of school outings will remind those most at risk of burning to cover up in the sun and use sunscreen.
You can help by encouraging your child to bring, and wear, a hat at school, particularly on sports days and school excursions. Also by encouraging your child to wear longer sleeved shirts and longer shorts when outdoors.
The school will remind parents of the sun safety policy from time to time, particularly around the start of the summer term, sports days, and outings. Sunscreens provide added protection and may be useful when other measures are not available.
Dermatologists recommend that a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or above will provide children in this country with adequate protection.
Please note that the school does not permit the use of aerosol sprays. All sunscreens must be named. In Reception, years 1 and 2 the sunscreen will be kept by an adult.