Make it Policy
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Welcome to Make it Policy. Here you will find information that will walk you through the steps of creating and implementing a sun safety policy.
Schools and school district's have led the way in the adoption and implementation of sun safe practices for students and staff. Workplaces can follow these steps, adapted from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Fit Healthy and Ready to Learn School Policy Guide and USDA's Team Nutrition, to create and implement a sun safety policy for employees.
See Put It Into Practice for policy implementation strategies.
According to NASBE, “Education polices are official statements of vision and judgment that address the needs of a state, districts, or school.” NASBE suggests that the development and implementation of policies are valuable for providing:
- Leadership: policies are the means by which authority and influence are expressed. They are the tangible results of leadership.
- Commitment: adoption of a policy is a declaration by decision makers that an issue is important and must be addressed.
- Support: teachers and administrators frequently cite the need for policies that endorse the value of their activities – so they can practice them with confidence.
- Direction: polices can drive change – or they can help keep the system on a steady course.
- Guidance: policies based on current scientific, medical and legal information can clarify issues for teachers and administrators and lay out options for action. Good policies anticipate challenging situations and can help prevent confusing or haphazard responses.
- Institutionalization: written policies can help integrate new programs and processes into ongoing school activities.
- Public Engagement: the policy adoption process can increase public knowledge about facts, issues, and applicable laws.
- Accountability: policies typically state who is responsible for doing what and how performance is measured.
- Legal Protection: sound policy helps to prevent abuses that are grounds for legal action.
Adapted from USDA Team Nutrition’s The Local Process: How to Create and Implement a Local Wellness Policy, and University of Southern California Prevention Solutions’ Alcohol & Drug Policy Resource Manual for Schools by Mary Ann Pentz, PhD. (Unpublished).