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USD 428 won’t provide free athletic physicals
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Great Bend USD 428 regrets to announce that free athletic physicals will not be available this year for Great Bend Middle School and Great Bend High School students participating in school athletic programs.

Required by the Kansas State High School Activities Association, the Pre-Participation Physicals must be completed for any student, grades 7-12, who wish to participate in interschool athletics, spirit, or spirit competition groups in the 2021-2022 school year.

“We really hoped to resume this opportunity for our families and students again this year, but unfortunately, logistic issues and health concerns hampered our ability to make it happen,” said David Meter, athletic director at Great Bend High School. 

Parents and families will receive information in the mail by July 15, including a copy of the new physical form from KSHSAA and additional release forms and emergency information required by USD 428.

“We know this will take some extra effort from our families and we’re trying to give them as much notice as possible to make the necessary appointments with their own health-care provider,” said Meter. “We will continue to pursue plans to host a free physical clinic in future years.”

For students participating in a fall sport, the deadline to return forms to Great Bend Middle School or Great Bend High School is August 16, the first day of athletic practice for fall sports. Additional copies of the form have been distributed to local medical offices and a digital copy of the Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation form can be found at

Contact the GBHS Activities Office, 620-793-1560, for additional copies or questions.