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Activity Modification - Injuries and Medical Issues

Physical Education/Recess - Activity Modification


Students can be excused from PE for one day only, at a parent’s request by telephone or with a written note, or at the RN’s discretion.


If the student cannot participate in activities for more than one day, a physician’s note must be brought to the medical office.  This note must state the injury and the length of time the student needs to be excused from activities.   A student must have an MD note for any apparatus worn (Ace bandage, brace, splint, boot, sling, crutches or a wheelchair).  An MD note may include other accommodations including elevator access, book buddy, scribe or early dismissal. Students are not permitted to participate in PE or sports while wearing any apparatus.

Students are not permitted to participate in PE or sports with sutures from a laceration or surgical procedure in place until the sutures are removed.


If a student is excused from PE, he/she is also excused from recess and sports until a physician’s note is received in the medical office clearing the student to participate. 


Use of Elevator or Lift if building has access to:

  • Any student who is utilizing crutches or wheelchair must submit a physician’s note stating so. The note must include requiring the use of the elevator.
  • The student must be released from class at least five minutes early.
  • There is one buddy allowed to assist the student to carry books if necessary.


Students using crutches or a wheelchair may not ride on the school bus for transportation to and from school or for field trips.  


For Concussions, once the Medical Office receives a clearance note, our District Physician will give approval for the student to begin the 6 Step Concussion Return to Play Protocol as per NYS before returning to full activities.  For more information on concussions, please click on the link below: