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Sun Safety in Schools

The following action plan ideas are provided to help with addressing sun safety at school. Include a selection of activities from each of the five sections below, or brainstorm ideas of your own:

  • Teaching tools for sun safety - Elementary.
  • Teaching tools for sun safety - Secondary.
  • To support staff who are teaching sun safety consider workshops, conferences or inviting field experts to speak at professional development days.

  • Adopt a sun safety policy. The Canadian Cancer Society SunSense program offers a “how-to” guide for schools along with free tools and resources to assist in policy implementation.
  • Raise awareness among parents/caregivers and staff about the importance of role-modeling and encouraging students to follow appropriate sun-safety practices.

  • Actively engage students in creating sun safe vibrant, rich environments by planting trees to create a healthy ecosystem and habitat as part of the Ontario EcoSchools certification program
  • Organize theme week or month activities in June to celebrate National Sun Awareness Week.
  • 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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