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Post COVID-19 Physical Activity Clearance Notification
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently provided guidance on return to physical activity after a COVID-19 diagnosis for individuals 12 years of age and older. This guidance stresses the importance of documented medical evaluation and clearance from a provider before engaging in physical activity after a COVID-19 infection.
o All students 12 years of age and older with a history of a COVID-19 infection will require Post COVID-19 specific medical clearance from a provider for participation in any school sport or after school, school sponsored physical activity.
o Students 12 years of age and older with a diagnosis of COVID-19 AFTER 4/26/2021 will require post COVID-19 medical clearance before participating in PE classes as well.
o Students with a COVID-19 diagnosis BEFORE 4/26/21 are highly encouraged to obtain post COVID-19 medical clearance for continued participation in PE classes.
o Students under 12 may return to physical activity as tolerated, though it is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that you discuss this with your student’s primary care provider.
We strongly encourage you to consider these recommendations regardless of the COVID-19 diagnosis date and to follow this guidance for non-school related physical activity. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your student’s school nurse.
(The following progression was adapted from Elliott N, et al, infographic, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2020)