Schedule students ahead for next year’s health physicals

For accountants and tax payers, April 15 generally means the deadline to file your income tax return.

For school nurses and athletic directors, it means students can start getting health physicals for next year’s school and sports.

Parents are encouraged to call ahead to schedule a physical for their child.  Providers often book up in August, and parents may find a longer lead time is needed to schedule appointments now as doctor’s offices have limited their capacity due to COVID concerns.

Students entering kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades for the first time in the fall will need a health physical and up-to-date immunizations before school resumes in August.  Please remember to have your doctor’s office complete the school physical form found here.  You will need to submit that form to your child’s school or to our Student Services office.

The form is required even if students in those grades plan to attend our virtual school option next year.

High school and middle school athletes will also need an up-to-date MHSAA sports physical on file before they are allowed to start practicing next school year. The sports physical form can be found here. All school athletes need a physical to practice and compete during the 2021-22 school year.  Due to COVID concerns, MHSAA allowed a waiver for most athletes for the 2020-21 school year, but that waiver is not an option for the coming school year. 

For the 2021-22 school year, the district will continue to use Wayne RESA enhancement funds to cover the pay-to-play fees for students participating in athletics.  Before the millage was approved, parents paid for students to participate in after school activities including sports. Fees were $125 for high school students, $75 for middle school and $50 for elementary, although fees were waived or reduced for low-income students.