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At an elementary school in Australia, sunglasses are more than a fashion statement. They are a necessary school supply. The Arncliffe Public School in Sydney now requires students in kindergarten through sixth grade to wear sunglasses on the playground.

The rule was created to protect students' eyes from the sun's dangerous ultraviolet rays. These invisible energy waves are the cause of sunburns. They can also damage the outer surface of the eye. Most types of sunglasses are coated with a special material that blocks the sun's ultraviolet rays from hitting a person's eyes.

Government officials are considering a sunglasses-required rule for all public-school playgrounds in Sydney.

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Title Annotation:PHYSICAL SCIENCE
Publication:SuperScience
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Jan 1, 2008
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