High School preparticipation
Physical Evaluations

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Sioux Falls School District has consulted with our local health care providers and has reviewed the National Federation of State High School Associations position statement regarding athletic preparticipation physical evaluations for next school year. The Sioux Falls School District has determined any student entering 7th through 12th Grade in the Fall of 2020 and planning to participate in High School athletics must adhere to the following.

Physical Dated April 1, 2019 or Thereafter

Any student with a preparticipation physical evaluation dated April 1, 2019 or thereafter, will receive a one-year exemption and have a new end date of May 31, 2021.

If you are a student that qualifies for this one-year extension it is required that the student and parent/guardian complete the 2020-2021 SFSD Preparticipation Interim Medical History Form and turn in the completed document to their respective High School Activities Office.

Physical Dated Prior to April 1, 2019 or Without a Preparticipation Physical Evaluation

Any student with a preparticipation physical evaluation dated prior to April 1, 2019 or without a preparticipation physical evaluation will be required to provide an updated preparticipation physical evaluation dated no earlier than April 1, 2020 but prior to the first practice, workout (summer/school year) or tryout of an athletic activity in which the student is participating in.

Preparticipation Physical Evaluation

The preparticipation physical evaluation must be performed by a licensed medical personnel that is qualified to perform the evaluation and certify the health of the student (Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathy, Doctor of Chiropractic, licensed Physician’s Assistant and licensed Nurse Practitioner). This examination is valid for one school year except when the student has had a significant injury, illness, or major surgery. A student-athlete who has suffered a significant injury or significant illness, has had major surgery, or is suspected of having suffered a concussion is required to submit the consent for continued participation form signed by a licensed health care provider verifying that it is safe for the student to participate.

Preparticipation Medical History Information

The preparticipation medical history must be completed by the patient and parent/guardian and brought to appointment with the licensed medical personnel.

We ask that all Sioux Falls School District families consult with their healthcare provider to deem when it is appropriate and safe to schedule a Preparticipation Physical Evaluation.