The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District will comply with 105 CMR 200 regarding the Physical Examination of Students

M.G.L. Ch. 71§57 and 105 CMR 200.000-200.920 require physical examinations of school children within one year prior to entrance to school or within 30 days after school entry and at intervals of either three or four years hereafter.

The Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District strongly encourages the performance of mandated physicals by the family’s own physician whenever possible. The school physician or the family physician shall promptly notify the student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of any disabilities or medical conditions found during physical examinations of a student.

Periodic Examination

A physical exam is required for a preschool student, kindergarten, grade 4, grade 7 and grade 10.  The exact grade designation may change as long as the interval number of years does not exceed four years.  The requirement for grades preschool and kindergarten may not be changed.

The Hamilton-Wenham Regional Schools have designated required subsequent physicals in grades 4, 7, and 10.

Transfer Students

A student transferred from another school system shall be considered as an entering student.  Health records transferred from the student’s previous school may be used to determine compliance with this requirement.

Employment Certificates

Students under 16 and over 14 years of age requesting employment certificates must have an updated physical.

Athletic Physicals

Students must have a physical prior to participation in competitive athletics, on an annual basis.

Chapter 1 Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Rule 56.1 Student Eligibility: Physical Examinations:

All students must pass a physical examination prior to participation in high school athletics. A physical examination must be performed by a duly registered physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner.

Other Circumstances

The Superintendent shall ensure that a student is referred and examined by the student’s primary care provider for the following situations:

  1. Frequent absences due to unexplained illness;
  2. Known or suspected physical disabilities or medical conditions that require appraisal;
  3. Referral by the school nurse;
  4. At any time to determine the presence or absence of communicable or contagious diseases.

If the child does not have a primary care physician, the school nurse will consult with the school physician and provide the parent/guardian with referral sources to fulfill the mandated requirement.

LEGAL REFS.: M.G.L. 105 CMR 200, MIAA 56.1

Revised: January 18, 1009

Revised: August 20, 2014


LEGAL REFS.: M.G.L. 71:53, 71:54, 71:56, 71:57


Adopted: February 12, 2015