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School Day Student Self-Certification (FAQ)


Why has District 96 chosen to implement a remote process for Student Self-Certification students?

The safety of District 96’s students, guardians, faculty, and community members continues to be our top priority. Implementing a tool that allows us to self-certify students prior to their arrival on campus enables us to limit exposure and therefore mitigate as much risk as we can. This tool is one of the many enhancements we have made to ensure our school environment is as safe as possible when we return to campus.

What steps do I need to take to complete the Student Self-Certification process for my student?

Every individual who is listed as a guardian on the student’s record will receive an e-mail containing a Student Self-Certification link prior to the beginning of each school day. All emails will arrive prior to 5am. At least one guardian will need to complete the Student Self-Certification questions each school day prior to sending your child to campus. After you select the link and confirm the student you are submitting for, you will be asked to answer the five Student Self-Certification questions (see below) with a “Yes” or “No” response. Following your response, you will have the opportunity to provide a note or comments. You will then receive a recommendation regarding whether your student should be sent to campus based on your responses. 

What questions will I be required to answer?

  • Does your student have a fever or are they feeling feverish (chills, sweating)?
  • Does your student currently have a temperature above 100.4 degrees?
  • Does your student have any of these symptoms?
    • Ex. New cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle/body aches, vomiting, diarrhea or new loss of taste/smell.
  • Does your student have any of these symptoms?
    • Ex. Chills, fatigue, new/unusual headaches, congestion or runny nose.
  • Has your student had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?


When will this process begin?

District 96 will do a trial notification on the morning of Tuesday, September 1st and officially begin the Student Self-Certification process on Wednesday, September 2nd.

Will the results be kept confidential?

Yes – The responses will be kept confidential and are only available to the appropriate personnel at your child’s school.

What happens if I accidentally forgot to complete and my student arrives on campus?

If you drop off your student and you remember that you forgot, you can complete immediately and the system will continue to update the information.  When staff are checking in your child outside and your child is not self-certified, students will wait in an outdoor area until we contact the parent/guardian to complete the self-certification process.  Those under 18 years of age cannot self-certify.  Students will need to wait outside until we can contact the parent/guardian. 

If I am responsible for multiple students, will I have to complete the process multiple times?

You will be asked to answer the questions for each student however you will be able to facilitate simultaneously through the same link.

If a recommendation is provided that my child should remain home from campus that day, do I still need to call/notify the school?

Yes, call the school and follow the typical phone prompts for reporting an absence.  You will state your child’s name, grade, teacher, and state symptoms.

I accidentally answered a question incorrectly, how can I update my answer?

Please re-select the link from the daily e-mail and complete the Student Self-Certification survey again. Your answers will automatically update.

What should I do if I did not receive the daily email?

Please start by checking your junk or spam folder to ensure it was not accidentally filtered. If you are unable to locate the email in either folder, please contact your child’s school to ensure we have the correct e-mail address on file.