The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.
 

5330.02 - SUN SAFETY

Students and staff are encouraged to use sunscreen and protective clothing to protect against dangerous overexposure to the sun, harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, and the development of skin cancer.

Definitions

Ultraviolet radiation, or "UV ray," from sunlight is a major risk factor for most skin cancers. Even though UV rays make up only a very small portion of the sunís rays, they are the main cause of the sunís damaging effects on the skin.

"PABA free" means that the product does not contain para-aminobenzoic acid. PABA free sunscreens are hypoallergenic. PABA has been known to cause problems with some individuals with certain allergies.

Use of Sunscreen

Students shall be allowed to carry and apply sunscreen without a physicianís note or prescription. Sunscreen shall not be considered an over-the-counter medication pursuant to Policy 5330, Use of Medications. Unless they are siblings, students may not share sunscreen.

School staff shall not provide or apply sunscreen to students. However, staff may assist a student who is unable to physically apply sunscreen when requested by the student and authorized by the studentís parent and the school principal in writing.

Other Protective Measures

Schools shall encourage students and staff to:

 A.seek shade when engaged in outside activities especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when excessive UV rays are present;

 B.wear protective clothing when exposed to the sun, including hats which cover the ears and back of the neck;

 C.use a PABA free sunscreen product thirty (30) minutes before engaging in outside activities;

 D.wear sunglasses which block the majority of UV rays and reduce the potential for cataract formation;

 E.avoid artificial sources of UV rays such as sunlamps and tanning beds.

Education and Awareness

Sun safety and skin cancer prevention shall be included in the Districtís Comprehensive Health Education Curriculum.

Adopted 10/7/14

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