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Sun Safety Resources for Educators

Since children spend a large portion of the day at school it is essential to not only provide education about the importance of sun safety but also to consider how the school can provide a sun safe environment for children when they are outdoors. During the school day it is important that children be active and get fresh air, but the health concern of over exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) needs to be addressed. One in seven children born today will develop skin cancer in the future. The health risks associated with excessive sunlight (UV) are largely preventable! As an Educator, you are an important role model and in a unique position to start the conversation about the importance of UV radiation protection.
  • Sun Smart Resources for Schools – At this Australian website you will find a variety of classroom resources that can be used to support teaching students about sun safety, including free lesson plans, downloadable activities, posters, songs, and videos.
  • Ottawa Public Health Sun Safety lesson plans – Suggested for Grades K to 4. Please note that some of the statistics mentioned in the background information of the plans are specific to the Ottawa region and that some of the resources listed may not be available from your local health unit:

  • SunSense Certification - The Canadian Cancer Society has introduced a SunSense Certification program for schools. The Certification celebrates schools that have created a sun-safe environment to protect students and staff from harmful ultraviolet radiation. The program provides FREE downloadable resources such as; teaching guides, fact sheet, parent letter, policy guide, activity sheets, and poster. Additional tools are available to registered schools.
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