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How do I protect myself from UV rays?

While some of us may only think of sun protection when we're spending a lazy summer day by the pool or at the beach, ultraviolet (UV) rays don't disappear when the temperatures drop. While the sun may not be as strong in your part of the world during the winter months, its UV rays are reflected off of water and snow, and they are just as damaging now as they are in summer.


The most important way to lower your risk of skin cancer is to protect yourself from UV rays. That means a number of things: remembering to cover your head, wear sunglasses, and apply sunscreen with an SPF factor of 15 or more to any part of your body that's exposed. Put it on before you go out, and reapply it 20 minutes later to be sure you're covered. And don't skip it just because it looks overcast outside: UV light still comes through on hazy days.

And don't forget to protect your lips by using a lip balm with SPF. Protect your eyes by investing in wrap-around sunglasses with at least 99% UV absorption to block damaging UVA and UVB light.

When summer rolls around again (which in our high desert environment is usually EARLY in the year!) take a moment to be ready:

There are some steps you can take to limit your exposure to UV rays. Some people think about sun protection only when they spend a day at the lake, beach, or pool. But sun exposure adds up day after day, and it happens every time you are in the sun. Remember the 4 key steps you can take to protect yourself from UV rays:

  • Slip on a shirt.
  • Slop on sunscreen.
  • Slap on a hat.
  • Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and sensitive skin around them.

These steps complement each other, and they provide the best protection when used together.

See more summer sun safety tips  from the American Cancer Society


Message from Dr. David J. Vierra, Superintendent
Antelope Valley Union High School District

As a Member of the American Cancer Society Leadership Board, I encourage each of you to visit this website, along with the ACS main webpage.

I am pleased to coordinate with the Community Services Director for the Antelope Valley Community Office of the American Cancer Society to provide information to our employees on topics such as cancer prevention, patient and family support groups, and early detection and treatment. Volunteer Information and periodic informational updates will be posted to this site to help educate our entire district family.

The Antelope Valley Union High School District is proud to partner with the American Cancer Society to offer this helpful and informational page to our employees, families and friends. This web page will focus on updates, articles, and helpful links particular to the Antelope Valley Community.

Be sure to visit the American Cancer Society webpage directly for expanded details and information on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. 


Policy Overview

The Governing Board recognizes the health hazards associated with smoking and the use of tobacco products, including the breathing of second-hand smoke, and desires to provide a healthy environment for students and staff.

The Board prohibits the use of tobacco products at any time in district-owned or leased buildings, on district property and in district vehicles. This prohibition applies to all employees, students and visitors at any instructional program, activity or athletic event. 

Smoking or use of any tobacco-related products, and disposal of any tobacco-related waste, are prohibited within the boundaries of any playground. Notifications Information about the district's tobacco-free schools policy and enforcement procedures shall be communicated clearly to employees, parents/guardians, students and the community. Signs stating "Tobacco use is prohibited" shall be prominently displayed at all entrances to school property.  The district’s tobacco-free schools policy shall also be announced at athletic events.

Enforcement/Discipline:  Any employee or student who violates the district's tobacco-free schools policy shall be asked to refrain from smoking and shall be subject to disciplinary action as appropriate.  Any other person who violates the district's policy on tobacco-free schools shall be informed of the district's policy and asked to refrain from smoking. If the person fails to comply with this request, the Superintendent or designee may:

1. Direct the person to leave school property.
2. Request local law enforcement assistance in removing the person from school premises.
3. If the person repeatedly violates the tobacco-free schools policy, prohibit him/her from entering district property for a specified period of time.

View the complete policies at the district's document share site, under Board Policies.
Business and Non-instructional Operations BP 3513.3(a)    Business and Non-instructional Operations AP/BP 3513.3(a). See full reference codes including but not limited to Health and Safety Code 104420,104495; Labor Code 6404.5; 20 USC 6083.  


How Donation Dollars Help

These are just a few examples of how contributions make a difference in the Society’s lifesaving mission.

 Helping people stay well

  • ACS telephone counseling service, the American Cancer Society Quitline®, doubles a person’s chances of quitting tobacco for good.
  • ACS develops guidelines for recommended cancer screenings and nutrition and physical activity, so people know what tests they need to find cancer early and how to help prevent the disease.
  • ACS provides tips, tools, and online resources to help people set goals and stay motivated to eat healthy and maintain an active lifestyle.

Helping people get well

  • ACS phone lines are open every minute of every day and night to help connect people with the answers they need. Each year, ACS provides information, help, and support to the nearly one million individuals who call us at 1-800-227-2345. In addition, the ACS Web site, offers access to the latest information and news on cancer and helps people locate programs and services in their area.
  • ACS offers an online support community for cancer survivors and caregivers to share stories and find support.
  • ACS assists cancer patients in need with getting transportation to and from their treatments and offer help with free lodging for cancer patients and their caregivers.
  • Through ACS' clinical trials matching service, they connect patients with thousands of different treatment options.
  • With sites at hospitals and treatment centers across the country,  American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program provides one-on-one guidance to people facing cancer through every step of their journey.

Finding cures

  • ACS has had a hand in nearly every major cancer breakthrough of the last century, including confirming the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, establishing the link between obesity and multiple cancers, developing drugs to treat leukemia and advanced breast cancer, and showing that mammography is the most effective way to detect breast cancer.
  • ACS is the largest private funder of cancer research in the United States.
  • ACS funds researchers with cutting-edge ideas, often early in their careers. Of the researchers chosen for Society funding, 44 have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, the highest honor in scientific achievement.

Fighting back

  • The majority of Americans are now covered by a smoke-free law, thanks in part to the efforts of the Society and our nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN).
  • ACS helps mobilize communities to fight back against cancer with events such as Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®.
  • ACS has helped uninsured, underinsured, and low-income women get breast and cervical cancer screening tests and follow-up treatment since 1991 and, along with ACS CAN, have successfully fought for legislation protecting this care.