California Ed Code (35183.5) addresses the importance of protecting children from the sun's harmful rays. Most skin cancers are caused by over exposure to the sun's UV rays. We receive 80% of our lifetime sun exposure by the age of 18.
Students are allowed to wear sun-protective clothing including hats when outdoors. Students may use sunscreen during the school day without a physician's note or prescription.
- Parents may provide their child with a personal supply of sunscreen
- Students must apply their own personal sunscreen*
- *To test for possible allergic reaction, apply sunscreen on a small patch of skin, such as the underside of the forearm, to see if any irritation develops within the subsequent 24 hrs.
- Parents must provide the student’s sunscreen in the original container stored in a ziplock bag with their child’s name on it
- Sunscreen must be carried in student’s backpack and kept in the classroom.
- Remind students not to share sunscreen because of possible allergic reaction
- Hats are encouraged to be worn when outside the classroom
- Sunglasses that provide UV protection shall be encouraged to be worn when outside the classroom in the sun
- Education of students about proper use of sunscreen should be reinforced by teachers
UV radiation is more intense from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when there is a lack of thick cloud cover, and from mid spring to mid fall March through October.
- Wear a hat with a wide (at least 4“) brim.
- Cover up - wear tightly woven, loose fitting clothing that covers as much of the body as possible, weather permitting.
- Wear UV protective sunglasses that screen 100% of UVA and UVB (broad-spectrum).
- Seek shade - use trees or physical structures to shield you, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Apply sunscreen – use SPF 15 or higher. Apply to exposed skin 15 minutes before going outdoors.
- Use lip balm - with SPF 30 or higher.
- Avoid tanning salons and sunlamps.
- Do not depend on sunscreen alone to protect children and adults from skin cancer. Use a combination of these recommendations.