Physical Education Restriction


    If your child has a diagnosis that may restrict or limit his/her activities in physical education then your child’s doctor should fill out the Physical Education Restriction Form sometime during the summer vacation but no earlier than July 1. It should be noted that students who are unable to participate in physical education would NOT be able to participate in any interscholastic sports and may be excluded from certain field trips (such as Great Adventure).

    The following health conditions may require a completed physical education restriction form: 

    • Asthma (an action plan MUST also be filled out by your physician);
    • Heart conditions, including murmurs;
    • Orthopedic problems (bones, joint injuries), including broken bones and Osgood-Schlatter disease;
    • Cerebral Palsy;
    • Emotional problems that may impact physical education classes;
    • Seizure Disorder;
    • History of head injury, dizziness and/or fainting; and
    • Any other disease/illnesses that may restrict gym activities (i.e. Lyme disease, migraines, diabetes, hemiparesis, autism, obesity, scoliosis, kidney problems, hydrocephalus with shunts,  rheumatoid arthritis, ITP, cancer, cystic fibrosis, Sieves disease, bleeding disorders, etc.)


    The physical education restriction form should be returned to the school nurse at the beginning of the school year or your child MAY be restricted from participating in physical education or any sports.  Your doctor must specify the amount of time this form is valid. 


    During the school year, your child may sustain an illness or injury that will require your child to be excluded or restricted from participating in gym.  The school nurse will need to fill out a gym excuse form documenting the restrictions.  Therefore, all students should bring their doctor’s notes restricting them from participating in gym directly to the school nurse first thing in the morning and the student will be handed the completed gym excuse form so that the student can give the note to their gym teacher.  Doctors’ notes that allow the student to return to gym must also be given to the school nurse. For students out of gym for an extended period of time, a updated medical note is required every marking period indicating the need for continued restriction from gym.


    Students can bring in a parent note to the school nurse, first thing in the morning, requesting that their child be excluded from gym.  The physical education department has limited parent excuses to 3 days for each marking period.  Student’s requiring more than the above exclusion or restriction from gym MUST bring in a doctor’s note to be excused.


    Students who become ill or injured during the school day will need to contact their parent/guardian to request a one-day exclusion from gym for that day.

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