Become a SunSmart America™ School


Schools take great care to exercise their duty to ensure that their students are protected against foreseeable harm. Sunburn and skin cancer are foreseeable outcomes of overexposure to the sun. The damage done to the skin from even one episode of overexposure to the sun can never be fully repaired. Evidence suggests that schools with a sun protection policy implement sun protection practices that better protect their students from harm.

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation has also been recognized as a hazard for people who spend all or part of their working days outside – including teachers. Occupational health and safety regulation requires employers to provide and maintain, as far as practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risks to health. So a SunSmart America™ School Policy should cover activities of staff when on duty.

We encourage all schools to join the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation’s SunSmart America™ Schools Program and hope you agree it is in the best interest of both your students and staff that your school has a comprehensive sun safety policy in place.


Joining the Program

Joining the program is very easy, and does not cost anything. All you have to do is:
  • Adopt and implement the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation’s SunSmart America™ Schools Sun Safety Policy.
  • Sign the SunSmart America™ Schools Sun Safety Policy Membership and Agreement form
  • Send/fax a copy of your SunSmart America™ Schools Sun Safety Policy and the signed agreement to the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
  • Once your forms have been received and approved your school will receive a SunSmart America™ School banner/plaque to display on your campus and your school name will be listed on our website. You will also receive discounts from the SunSmart Partners of the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation.
Click Here to obtain the SunSmart America™ Schools – Sun Safety Policy Resources