Physical exam requirements for Grades 7, 9, 11 and sports

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Per New York State Law, as of July 1, 2018, students entering grades 7, 9, and 11; new students or students re-entering the district are required to have a new physical exam. If your child’s last physical was over 12 months ago, please schedule an appointment for a physical and send the new one to the school’s health office. If their last physical is within the last 12 months, please have a copy of the physical sent to the school’s health office.  

Over this past academic year, the NYS DOH has allowed the athletic department to use older physicals, from the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, to clear athletes for sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To our knowledge, this will not apply to the 2021-22 school year. Athletes will need to have an updated and valid physical on file to be cleared to participate in sports. Every athlete MUST have a valid physical on file if they want to play sports this coming year.     

We are offering in-school physicals over the summer, but this is just a screening physical. We STRONGLY urge you to make an appointment with your child’s primary care provider to ensure all of your physical and mental health needs are addressed.  

EVERY athlete is required to submit a medical update form within 30 days of the start of every sport season they play. Medical updates MUST be submitted for the Fall 2021 season starting today (7/26), and will not be accepted after August 19th. This form not only gives us important updates on your child’s health, but ensures that their name will be on the correct sport’s roster.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Tracy Webster, RN, at twebster@gfsd.org.

Summer Sport Physicals

  • Thursday, August 19th at 8:30 a.m. — High School Health Office
  • Monday, August 23rd at 8:30 a.m. — High School Health Office
  • Tuesday, September 7th at 3:00 p.m. — Middle School Health Office

Physical sessions will end when there are no more students to be seen. If you plan to get a physical, get there early. Plan accordingly, these are the only sessions being offered. We encourage you to make an appointment with your primary care provider.