SLIP, slop, slap - it sounds simple, yet a recent survey shows some Queensland primary schools are not so savvy when it comes to sun protection.
The latest National SunSmart Schools Program survey revealed only 39% of Queensland primary schools identified as SunSmart, despite the state having the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
The figure puts the Sunshine State well behind the rest of Australia.
Education Queensland spokeswoman Nikki Bottger said the rules for state schools, including Stanthorpe State Primary School, were clear cut.
"Many of our schools have a 'no hat, no play' policy," she said.
"All Queensland state schools have a sun protection strategy, which includes the provision and use of shade, appropriate uniforms, wearing of hats and sunscreen and timetabling considerations for outdoor activities."
Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said sun safety in schools encouraged children to form responsible habits for the future.
"Research shows sun exposure in the first 18 years of life contributes significantly to a person's lifetime risk of skin cancer," she said.
"It's vital our primary schools encourage sun smart behaviour, implement written policies and schedule outdoor activities at appropriate times throughout the day."