Physical Education & Athletics
Students wishing to participate in competitive sports are required to have a physical examination in advance of the sport. This examination must be done within one year prior to the beginning of the official start date of the sport. Physical examinations done during the summer at Kingston High School fulfill the requirement for all sports during the next school year. Athletic examinations may be done by the school physician or the student’s physician. The school physician performs athletic examinations at KHS between July 1st and August 14th.
Call the KHS medical office after June 1st for an appointment at 845-943-3742.
After the student-athlete has successfully completed all of the New York State medical requirements, the nurse will notify the athletic department. No student will be allowed to attend a practice or participate in any fashion if they have not successfully completed all of the medical requirements.
Kingston High School 845-943-3738
J. Watson Bailey Middle School 845-943-3585
M. Clifford Miller Middle School 845-943-3656
Examinations performed by the student’s physician must be recorded on the following form:
If your physical exam is completed more than 30 days prior to the start of the sport, the following form must also be completed:
Interval Health History for Athletic Competition
Interval Health History for Athletic Competition - Spanish
These forms are double-sided and are available from the School Health Offices at Kingston High School, M.Clifford Miller School, J. Watson Bailey Middle School, and this website. This form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian. Physical examinations done by the student’s physician must be completed and returned to the medical office at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the sport for review by the school physician. Incomplete forms or missing paperwork will delay the student from participation in the sport and will be returned to the student.
Student athletes who have had COVID-19 within 3 months of the start of their sport are required to have their primary care provider complete the COVID-19 Athletic Release Form
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact your child’s school nurse.
Looking for concussion information? It can be found here.
Physical education is an essential part of the education system, as well as being a requirement of New York State and of graduation from high school.
The life-long benefits of being physically fit are numerous and well documented, including increased ability to focus and concentrate, which in turn will promote students' learning ability.
If your child has to be excused from physical education for a medical reason, they will need a physician’s note. The reason for the absence and the length of time they will be out must be documented. At the school nurses’ discretion, we may excuse a student from physical education for one day only without a physician’s note.
If a student is medically excused from participating in physical education for more than 1 week, they will need a second note from their physician to return to play.
Being excused from physical education automatically excludes a student from participating in recess and sports.
Crutches, Wheelchairs, & Other Equipment
Sometimes it is necessary for a student to come to school with assistive devices such as crutches, wheelchairs, or walkers as they are recovering from injuries. Medical equipment and assistive devices require a written doctor’s order to be used at school. The note should include the duration of time that the assistive equipment should be used at school.
A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. It can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or anything that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.