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The Governing Board recognizes that overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and artificial sources such as sunlamps and tanning beds is linked to the development of skin cancer, eye damage, premature aging, and a weakened immune system and that children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of overexposure. The Board desires to support the prevention of excessive UV radiation exposure by students.

To encourage and assist students to avoid overexposure to the sun when they are outdoors:

1. Students shall be allowed to wear sun-protective clothing, including, but not limited to, hats. (Education Code 35183.5)

(cf. 5132 - Dress and Grooming)

2. Students shall be allowed to wear UV-protective sunglasses outdoors.

3. Students shall be allowed to use sunscreen during the school day without a physician's note or prescription. (Education Code 35183.5)

4. Students shall be allowed to use UV-protective lip balm.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35183.5 Sun protection

51210 Courses of study, grades 1-6

51220 Courses of study, grades 7-12

51890-51891 Comprehensive health education programs

Management Resources:

CSBA GOVERNANCE AND POLICY SERVICES BRIEFS

Sun Safety in Schools, July 2006

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Health Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2003

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH PUBLICATIONS

School Systems: The Importance of Promoting and Providing Sun Protection, 2006

California Early Childhood Sun Protection Curriculum, rev. April 1999

CALIFORNIA STATE PTA RESOLUTIONS

Sun Safety: Skin Cancer Prevention Measures at School, May 1, 2005

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL PUBLICATIONS

Guidelines for School Programs to Prevent Skin Cancer, April 26, 2002

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE BOARDS OF EDUCATION

Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn: Part II: Policies to Promote Sun Safety and Prevent Skin Cancer, 2002

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION PUBLICATIONS

Sun Protection and Schools: How to Make a Difference, 2003

Sun Protection: A Primary Teaching Resource, 2003

WEB SITES

American Association for Health Education: http://www.aahperd.org/aahe

American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org

American School Health Association: http://www.ashaweb.org

California Department of Education, Health Services: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he

California Department of Public Health, Skin Cancer Prevention Program: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/SkinCancer

California State PTA: http://www.capta.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov

National Association of State Boards of Education: http://www.nasbe.org

National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention: http://www.skincancerprevention.org

National Safety Council, Environmental Health Center: http://www.nsc.org/ehc/sunsafe.htm

Sun Safety for Kids: http://www.sunsafetyforkids.org

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: http://www.cpsc.gov

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Sunwise Program: http://www.epa.gov/sunwise

UV Index: http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html

World Health Organization: http://www.who.int

Policy LA CANADA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: May 8, 2007 La Canada Flintridge, California