THOUSANDS of students returning to school this week will now be encouraged to wear a sun-safe broad-brimmed hat and follow practical measures to ensure they are protected from the sun when at school, under the government’s new sun-safe guidelines.
The Cancer Council worked closely with the NSW Department of Education and Communities to ensure the guidelines were updated and implemented in schools by summer 2013.
The new guidelines provide schools with clear directions for gold-star-rated sun protection practices.
“For the past three years we have been calling for gold-star sun protection advice for NSW schools, to match those of Victoria and Queensland who have similar high UV levels, so the announcement is a big win for all NSW primary school children,” Cancer Council Tamworth community programs co-ordinator Shaen Fraser said.
“We know that over-exposure to UV rays in childhood increases the risk of developing skin cancer as an adult and we think all children should have the best chance of avoiding skin cancer.”