SUN SAFE: As well as sun hats, school children will be putting on plenty of sunscreen this summer.
SUN SAFE: As well as sun hats, school children will be putting on plenty of sunscreen this summer. Claudia Baxter

Schools play it smart with the sun

MOST primary schools in the Gympie area have adapted a sunsmart policy to help students protect themselves from the harsh Queensland sun.

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world and it's important to educate children about steps they can take to keep safe in the sun.

UV radiation is invisible and it can do a lot of damage to our skin without us even realising.

Primary schools in particular have a large, sunsafe hat as part of the uniform, and several private secondary schools have followed suit.

Some schools will also have a Sunsmart policy in place which parents will need to sign to allow teachers to apply, or help students apply regular sunscreen.

Contact your school for more information on their Sunsmart policy.

Regardless of whether students are in the sun for short periods of time or the sky is cloudy, it is still possible for the skin to be damaged by UV rays.