Physical Requirements K-12
New York State Education Law requires an annual physical examination for students upon entrance to school (including those transferring from other states or other school districts within the state of New York) and routinely at grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10. As well as when they:
- Participate in interscholastic sports (see Sports and Yellow Card Requirements below)
- Need working papers
- Are referred by/to the Committee on Special Education
- Are deemed necessary by school authorities to determine a child’s education program
The school physician may perform the students’ physicals. However, we encourage your family physician to do the exam, as he knows your child’s medical history. If you wish to have your own physician do your child’s physical, please contact the Health Office within the first week of school, as student physicals will be scheduled.
New York State Education Law also requires annual health screens:
VISION: All students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10 are required to have a far vision screening every year. For new students near vision acuity and color perception are required within 6 months of entry.
HEARING: All students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10, and new students are required to have a hearing screening.
SCOLIOSIS: Scoliosis screening is required for all students in grades 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
These screens are basic and are used as an indicator for possible difficulties. You will be contacted if your child’s health screens are not within the normal range. If you choose not to have your child screened by the school nurse, please notify her immediately and promptly provide documentation from your child’s specialist (pediatrician, audiologist, or ophthalmologist) with complete findings. “Within normal limits” is not acceptable.
Please feel free to contact the Health Offices.
Sports and Yellow Card Requirements
Physical examinations are required yearly for those students playing sports. The procedure regarding participation in interscholastic sports is as follows:
- Physical: May be done by the school physician or the students own doctor. Sports physicals are valid for 12 months. If the student will have the physical done elsewhere the school form may be used or use the doctors form. The doctor must specify that the student is cleared to participate in sports. Any restrictions required must be listed
- History: The history form provides an in-depth look at the student’s health. This form must be completed prior to the actual physical exam and signed and dated by a parent.
- Sports Health Update: If the sports physical was completed more than 30 days prior to the start of sports practice this form must be completed. State regulations mandate that a health history review for each athlete must be completed, signed and dated by a parent.
- MedicationForm: In accordance with New York State Law any medication (inhaler, Epi-pen, prescribed medication or ANY over the counter medication) to be administered to students must have written permission of a physician. Your physician must indicate if the student is to carry an inhaler or epi-pen. This order must be updated each year.
Once the above criteria for sports participation have been met a yellow card is issued from the health office to the student. Students need to provide coaches with this yellow card prior to practice. Coaches cannot allow a student to practice until a yellow card has been obtained.
If an injury, operation, or illness lasting more than five days occurs, the student is automatically removed from sports. A written release from the student’s doctor is needed prior to returning to sports. The school physician will also review and re-approve the student for participation in sports.