All students in Stoughton Public Schools need a physical exam on file. Per MA Department of Public Health regulations, physical exams are required within one year prior to entrance to school or within 30 days after school entry and at intervals of either three or four years thereafter. A student transferred from another school system shall be examined as an entering student and health records transferred from the student’s previous school may be used to determine compliance with this requirement. In addition, a physical exam must be submitted prior to a student’s participation in competitive athletics, on an annual basis.
To comply with the above regulations, all students in the Stoughton Public School system entering grades PK, K, 4, 7, and 11 are requested to provide a copy of a physical examination to their school nurse. It is encouraged that the performance of the physical examination be done by the student's own physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant whenever possible. Said health care provider shall record the results of the physical examination on health record forms approved by the Department of Public Health (click here for example) and provide a copy of this record containing the results of the examination and the physician’s, physician assistant’s or nurse practiotioner's recommendations to the school.
Per MADPH school health guidelines, documentation of a TB risk assessment should be included on the health record form.
For students entering Kindergarten, the physical exam must show documentation of a passed vision screening (done within the previous 12 months). Evidence of a comprehensive eye examination is required for those students who have failed the screening and for students diagnosed with neurodevelopmental delay.