N.Y. Education Law Section 3220
Certificate of physical fitness


1.

A certificate of physical fitness shall be issued to a minor if a thorough physical examination made within twelve months of his or her application for an employment certificate shows that such minor is of sound health, and if there are no known health problems at the time of issuance of the certificate, and if the applicant is physically qualified for lawful employment. If a known health problem exists at the time of the application for such certificate, another examination may be required by the issuing authority. Such certificate shall be issued and such physical examination shall be made, in a city of over three hundred thousand population, by a physician designated by the board of health, and elsewhere by the director of school health services charged with the duty of making physical examinations of all school children or by any physician duly licensed to practice medicine in this state. A new certificate of physical fitness shall not be required if one had been issued to the minor within twelve months.

2.

If the physician authorized to issue certificates of physical fitness shall find that a minor from fourteen to eighteen years of age is not physically sound but that in the physician’s opinion the minor may safely engage in certain occupations as specified by the regulations of the commissioner of education, the physician shall require a pledge of employment and may issue to the minor a certificate of limited physical fitness, and shall describe therein the physical disability of the minor and shall indicate the particular employer and the occupation in which the minor may engage. A limited employment certificate issued to a minor from fourteen to eighteen years of age who has presented a certificate of limited physical fitness shall be valid for not more than six months from the date of its issuance and shall bear on the face of the certificate the date of its expiration and the particular employer and occupation to which the employment of the minor is limited; provided, however, that the examining physician may indicate upon the certificate of limited physical fitness that the physical disability of the minor is of a permanent nature, in which case such certificate shall not expire at the end of six months but shall remain valid for so long as the nature and type of work set forth in the pledge of employment remain substantially the same.

3.

A record made of the physical examination shall show whether a certificate of physical fitness has been issued or withheld. Such record shall be sent to the certificating official.

4.

A certificate of physical fitness issued in another state to a minor seeking employment in this state may be accepted in lieu of the certificate of physical fitness required by subdivision one of this section, provided the standards for issuing such certificates in the other state are deemed substantially equivalent to those of this state in accordance with regulations adopted by the commissioner of education.

Source: Section 3220 — Certificate of physical fitness, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/EDN/3220 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

3201
Discrimination on account of race, creed, color or national origin prohibited
3201‑A
Discrimination on account of sex
3202
Public schools free to resident pupils
3203
Selection of school for attendance of children when district line intersects a dwelling
3204
Instruction required
3205
Attendance of minors upon full time day instruction
3206
Attendance of minors upon part time instruction
3207
Attendance upon evening instruction
3207‑A
Service of persons seventeen years of age as election inspectors or poll clerks
3208
Attendance
3208‑A
Special proceeding to determine physical capacity of student to participate in athletic programs
3209
Education of homeless children
3209‑A
Child abuse prevention
3210
Amount and character of required attendance
3211
Records of attendance upon instruction
3211‑A
Reports of reading tests
3212
Definition of persons in parental relation and their duties
3212‑A
Records of telephone numbers
3213
Supervisors of attendance
3214
Student placement, suspensions and transfers
3215
Unlawful employment
3215‑A
General certification provisions
3216
Employment certificates
3217
Procedure for issuance of employment certificates
3218
Evidence of age
3219
Consent of parent or guardian
3220
Certificate of physical fitness
3221
Pledge of employment
3222
Schooling record
3223
Duties of employers
3224
Temporary services
3225
Special employment certificate
3226
Farm work permits
3227
Street trades
3228
Newspaper carrier
3230
School district meetings and activities
3232
Courts having jurisdiction
3233
Penalties
3234
Enforcement

Accessed:
Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

§ 3220’s source at nysenate​.gov

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