With most programs, especially new ones,
there will be room for improvement.
Evaluation of your school’s sun safety policy
and procedures is essential for determining
effectiveness and setting goals.
Governing Board: What is the
District: Is the policy effectively
disseminated from the district to the
schoolsites, personnel, parents and students?
Schoolsite: Are classroom instruction,
shade options, and supportive measures provided?
Is policy effectively communicated and promoted
to students, parents, and staff?
Students and Personnel: Is sun-safe
Based on answers to these questions, it
should be possible to:
- Identify deficiencies
- Develop goals for improvement
- Propose changes to policy or procedures
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The primary subjects of a school’s sun safety
program are the students and personnel. To
reduce their risk of developing skin cancer,
instruction and environmental support should be
provided to each group along with strong
encouragment to practice sun-safe behavior.
Parents and teachers, as secondary subjects,
should be trained in promoting sun safety to the
One or more individuals at each school, such
as the principal, nurse, or health care
coordinator, will be responsible for
implementing the school’s sun safety policy or
program. He or she could provide answers
to a simple survey that will yield outcomes data
to enable an effective evaluation. Merely
answering the survey might stimulate heightened
awareness and stronger commitment to sun safety.