Sunsmart

 

UNIFORM and SUNSMART POLICY

 

RATIONALE:

The Findon Primary School Uniform and SunSmart Policy reinforces in students a pride in their own appearance, instils recognition of themselves as an integral part of the school community and assists in developing pride in representing their school. Issues of equality, health and safety, and expense are factors that contribute to the establishment of the Uniform Policy.

 

This policy applies to all school events on and off site.

 

AIMS:

  • To promote equality amongst all students
  • To further develop a sense of pride in and connection with our school
  • To provide durable clothing that is cost effective and practical for our school environment
  • To provide easy identification of students within the school and community
  • To maintain and enhance the positive image of the school in the community
  • To promote a healthy UV exposure balance to help with vitamin D and minimise the risk of skin and eye damage and skin cancer
  • To provide students with protection from overexposure to harmful UV rays
  • To encourage students to be lifelong participants in sun protection procedures

 

IMPLEMENTATION:

  • Findon Primary School provides choice for the students and allows students safe engagement in school activities.
  • The Uniform Policy applies during school hours, while travelling to and from school, and when students are on school excursions and activities.
  • The school colours are bottle green, gold and black. Uniform items with the Findon logo are available for purchase from the school’s contracted suppliers.
  • Hats, beanies, sunglasses and schoolbags will be available for purchase from the school.
  • Arrangements can be made to supply uniforms via State Schools Relief for families experiencing economic hardship.
  • Good quality second hand uniforms will be available for sale from school throughout the year.
  • An order form will be available at the general office outlining uniform items that can be worn.
  • All staff are responsible for the implementation of the compulsory school uniform in a manner consistent with the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Parents are required to send a note to school if a student is out of uniform.
  • Reminder notices will be sent to parents whose children are consistently out of uniform without explanation.
  • Students out of uniform without explanation will be required to change into Findon uniform where appropriate.
  • Parents will be contacted and asked to meet with the Principal to resolve any issues related to continued non compliance with the Uniform Policy.
  • Parents seeking exemptions to the Uniform Policy due to religious beliefs, ethnic or cultural background, student disability, health condition or economic hardship must contact the school Principal.
  • Students without a hat, covered shoulders or sunglasses during recess and lunch breaks (from September to the end of April) will need to remain under cover in the designated areas.

 

  • Staff and students are encouraged to access the daily local sun protection times at sunsmart.com.au or on the free SunSmart app to assist with the implementation of this policy.
  • A combination of sun protection measures are used for all outdoor activities from September to the end of April and whenever UV levels reach 3 and above

 

Shade

  • The school council makes sure there is a sufficient number of shelters and trees providing shade in the school grounds particularly in areas where students congregate e.g. lunch, canteen, outdoor lesson areas and popular play areas.
  • The availability of shade is considered when planning all other outdoor activities and excursions.
  • In consultation with the school council, shade provision is considered in plans for future buildings and grounds.
  • Students are encouraged to use available areas of shade when outside.

 

Sunscreen

  • Students are encouraged to provide their own SPF 30 or higher broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen.

Strategies are in place to remind students to apply sunscreen before going outdoors (e.g. reminder notices, sunscreen monitors, sunscreen buddies)

 

  • SunSmart behaviour is regularly reinforced and promoted to the whole school community through newsletters, school homepage, parent meetings, staff meetings, school assemblies, student and teacher activities and on student enrolment.