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INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC AND CO-CURRICULAR PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS

The Morris Hills Regional District Board of Education recognizes the need to administer a medical examination to all candidates and participants for the district's interscholastic athletic teams, as well as marching band and cheerleading.  These rules and regulations serve to implement Board Policy No. 2431 and New Jersey Administrative Code 6:29-6.4. Students examined by their private physician will do so at their own cost. Each candidate for a school athletic squad or team is to be examined within 365 days prior to the first practice session.  A candidate may not participate in a practice or a game until this form is reviewed by the district medical inspector. Clearance by the sponsored physician is not sufficient.

Good physical condition, freedom from injury, and full recovery from illness are prerequisites to participation in athletic competition and practice for such competition.  A candidate for a place on an athletic team or squad must receive a medical examination conducted at least once in each school year and must be approved by the school medical inspector, not more than 365 days prior to the first practice session for the sport of their choice.  The school medical inspector may accept the report, on a form provided by the district, of a medical examination conducted, at no expense to the Board, of the pupil's personal physician.

The medical examination conducted to determine the fitness of a candidate for athletic competition must include, as a minimum, the medical history information and physical assessments set forth in rules of the State Board of Education and incorporated in their entirety in regulations implementing this policy.

The school medical inspector shall determine the pupil's physical fitness to participate in athletics. Written notification of that determination, signed by the school medical inspector or team doctor, shall be given to the pupil's parent or guardian and shall include the reasons for the approval or disapproval of the pupil's participation.  The health findings of the medical examination shall be filed in the pupil's health examination record, subject to Board policy on pupil records. A form that is incomplete shall be returned to the medical home for completion.

NO ATHLETE CAN PRACTICE OR PLAY WITHOUT PASSING A PHYSICAL. CANDIDATES MAY NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE OR CONTESTS UNLESS THEY HAVE A CLEARANCE BY A DISTRICT MEDICAL INSPECTOR. CLEARANCE BY A PERSONAL PHYSICIAN IS NOT SUFFICIENT.

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