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Online Sports Certification Procedures


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Lakeland High School  -  Spring Sports Cards are Now Closed!

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Lakeland HS/Walter Panas HS/Lakeland Copper Beech MS Families of Student-Athletes. Please Register for All Interscholastic Sports:

We are very excited to announce that the Lakeland Central School District Athletic Department has partnered with FinalForms, an online form and data management service. Final Forms will be replacing Chalk as our seasonal sports card registration system beginning this upcoming spring season. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time. 

You may review your data at any time to verify it is current. You will be required to sign your forms once per season and after any update. 

Click here for the Parent Playbook to get started in FinalForms. If you require any support during the process, scroll to the page bottom-right and click “Get Help”.

We are asking that ALL parents/guardians of athletes use FinalForms.

Please register at: https://lakeland-ny.finalforms.com/ and follow the prompts to create an account, for yourself and your student-athlete and sign your forms.

Thank you for your assistance in streamlining our paperwork processes within the Lakeland Central School District.

Daniel J. Belfi
Director of Physical Education, Health Education & Interscholastic Athletics
Lakeland Central School District

The Lakeland Central School District Authorization for Sports Participation/Athletic Health History form MUST be completed by a parent/guardian ONLY. Any form completed by a student will be DENIED. Once correctly re-submitted by the parent/guardian it will be reviewed after the conclusion of the first day of practice/tryouts and placed on the health teams list for medical clearance which will take an additional 48 hours. If all required information is not provided, additional time will elapse before a student is cleared to play.

- Interested student athletes should contact their School Nurse via email as soon as possible, to determine if they have the required health and medical information on file for sports participation.

The signed Physical and Medication forms, if attached when you register online, must be PDF files. We will not accept image files (JPG, PNG, etc..)

  • A PHYSICAL on file.  All athletes must have a current physical on file in the health office in order to play a sport and the online sports certification form must be signed and submitted.
  • If interested, contact the SCHOOL NURSE immediately to schedule a school health appraisal with the District Chief Medical Officer. No health appraisal will be scheduled in the summer.
  • MEDICAL CLEARANCE will be necessary if there was a Physical Education/Sports excuse in place or the student has an injury/illness before or during the sports season (see Athletic Handbook.)
  • MEDICATIONS – if current medication orders are not on file in the School Health Office already, they must be received by the School Health Office before the registration deadline for the online sports certification. 
  • Note – according to NYS law, new medication orders must be written EACH school year by the physician and permission given by the parent. This must be received and on file before the sports certification can be completed. INDEPENDENT USE AND CARRY PERMISSION orders must be on file in the School Health Office. 
  • THE MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE SCHOOL REQUIREMENT MUST BE COMPLETED TO OBTAIN A SPORTS CARD.  All students entering grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11and 12 in New York State will be required to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease as recommended by the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices (ACIP). Students in Grade 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 will require 1 dose of MenACWY vaccine (sometimes abbreviated as MCV4; brand names Menactra or Menveo)  and students in Grade 12 will require 2 doses of MenACWY with the last dose on or after 16 years of age or 1 dose of MenACWY on or after age 16 years. Please check with your Healthcare Provider for your child’s immunization status.  
    All documentation must be on file in the Health Office PRIOR to approval to participate in sports.
Forms submitted online will be reviewed by the School Nurse than the Chief Medical Officer. If the form and ALL required medical documentation are attached or on file,  this will expedite clearance for your child to participate in a sport.  
The Lakeland Central School District Authorization for Sports Participation/Athletic Health History form MUST be completed by a parent/guardian ONLY.  Any form completed by a student will be DENIED.  Once correctly re-submitted by the parent/guardian it will be reviewed after the conclusion of the first day of practice/tryouts and placed on the health teams list for medical clearance which will take an additional 48-72 hours.  If all required information is not provided, additional time will elapse before a student is cleared to play.

It is the policy of the Lakeland Board of Education that, in order to try out or participate in sports, student athletes must complete the authorization process:

    Student athletes must have a valid  
    STUDENT HEALTH EXAMINATION FORM The form on file in the School Health Office must: 
    • no more than 30 days before the start of the sport season
    • by the deadline for each sports season as posted on the District website.
    • be dated within twelve months prior to the start of the season. However, if the student has had a physical in the 12 months before the season starts, it will be accepted until the end of the season must be signed and stamped by a health care provider licensed in New York State
    • indicate the student can participate in sports without restriction and BLOOD PRESSURE.
  • If a School Athletic Health Appraisal is needed, please contact your School Nurse to schedule an appointment. School Athletic Health Appraisals will not be scheduled in the summer.
  •  If a Health Appraisal is needed for sports, contact your School Nurse in IMMEDIATELY to schedule an appointment.

All students must have the approval of the District Chief Medical Officer prior to participation for EACH sports season.

Please note: School Athletic Health Appraisals will not be done by the District Chief Medical Officer in school during the summer. If a Health Appraisal is needed for fall sports contact your school nurse by May 15 prior to the Fall season to set up an appointment.

  • If a student needs  MEDICATION during a sports event or practice, District Policy and New York State Law require that:
    • Authorization for Administration of Medication form must be completed
    • There are two sections to the form both require parent and healthcare provider signatures.
    • Authorization for Administration of Medication form must be updated EACH SCHOOL YEAR. The health care provider must sign and stamp the Authorization for Administration of Medication form.
    • The parent must also provide written permission for the medication independent carry and use and healthcare provider attestation.


  • A student cannot be approved for sports participation if there has been an illness, accident, injury or surgery until a medical clearance report is provided by the treating physician and received by the School Nurse. The District Chief Medical Officer will then review this report and, if appropriate, give the final medical clearance for the student to participate in sports. 
  • If a student athlete experiences an injury or illness at any time during the sports season (in school or out of school), the athlete and his/her parent must communicate this immediately to the Coach as well as the School Nurse. Failure to report illness/injury may result in student athlete being disqualified for the remainder of the sports season.
  • When an athlete is ill or injured during a sports season he/she may not return to sports participation until cleared by the physician who treated the condition. The student must provide the physician’s written medical clearance to the School Nurse for the student to participate in sports.
  • According to New York State Guidelines, the final decision to approve the athlete’s return to activity is determined by the District Chief Medical Officer. The School Nurse will confer with the District Chief Medical Officer as needed and will then communicate the final clearance (or decision not to clear) to the physical education teacher, athletic department, and coach.
  • In the event the School Nurse is unavailable, the District Director of PE, Health, and Athletics or Athletic Trainer may accept an athlete’s clearance note from his/her healthcare provider. However, this clearance note must be immediately sent to the District Chief Medical Officer who will confirm or deny the clearance.
  • The clearance note must be given to the School Nurse on the first available day. It is the student athlete’s responsibility to follow through and bring the medical clearance to the nurse to be re-certified. 
  • Students who are accidentally injured during sports participation must report the injury to the Coach who will fill out a Student Incident Report and give it to the School Nurse. Medical expenses resulting from an accidental injury must be submitted to your own insurance company. Any expenses not covered by your insurance can be submitted to the school district insurance company. Contact the School Nurse if you need a form to submit for reimbursement from the district insurance company.

Please note: For all HEAD INJURIES see the DISTRICT CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT POLICY (5141.7) The Return to Play Protocol will be followed.  Click here to view the policy.

Concussion Information

Please review the following link to the Dominic Murray Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act Parent Letter

ATHLETIC PLACEMENT PROCESS  was formerly known as Selective Classification
Important information on Athletic Placement Process (APP)
The intent of the Athletic Placement Process (APP) is to provide a protocol for those districts that choose to allow students in grades 7 and 8 to move up allowing them to participate safely at an appropriate level of competition based on physical and emotional readiness and athletic ability rather than age and grade alone. 

The determination of middle school students for participation in the athletic program at the high school level shall be at the discretion of the Districtwide Director of Physical Education, Athletics, and Health and District Chief Medical Officer.  For more information, please contact Director of Physical Education, Health, and Athletics at 914-739-2823 ext. 39228 or dbelfi@lakelandschools.org.

If the Athletic Placement Process (APP) is approved for your child, you MUST complete the online High School Sports Certification form.  Do not submit the form before getting APP approval.