Daily Health Screen & Attestation

  • Daily health screening and attestation is an important way to keep our schools healthy and is REQUIRED for school attendance.  All students and staff MUST complete a health screening, including temperature check, AND submit an attestation each morning they are scheduled to be at school.  Complete the health screen and attestation at home, before boarding a school bus or entering a school.


    What is the daily HEALTH SCREENING?

    • Each morning, take your student’s temperature, check for ill symptoms and consider COVID-19 exposures and/or testing. Click here for questions similar to what you will be asked to answer.
    • Screen students at home on days they are scheduled to attend in-person.
    • No thermometer at home?  No problem - contact your school nurse.


    What is an ATTESTATION? 

    • Attestation is the declaration that the health screening has been done and shares the results.  
    • Required each day the student is scheduled for in-person school, whether coming to school or not. 
    • Watch a video on how the health screening/attestation works. (The SVSD process will happen electronically. No paper copy is needed as the video suggests.)


    How to SET UP attestation? 

    • All SVSD families will automatically receive an email from Qualtrics (“noreply@qemailserver.com”) for each student with instructions on setting up their individualized attestation account. 
    • To receive the attestation link via text message, we recommend entering a cell phone number, when prompted.
    • Attestation email/text can only be sent to one family member. It is set up to go to the first contact listed in Family Access (under Guardian1/Family1).  If that contact is not correct, changes can be made through Family Access or by calling the school.


    How to COMPLETE the daily attestation?

    • Look for an email on school days entitled “Action Required: School Daily Symptom Check” with a link to open the health survey.  
    • Within the health survey:
      • First screen - change language, if needed (box in the upper right corner)
      • Second screen - enter or change cell phone number for daily text link (recommended)
      • Following screens - health screening questions about any ill symptoms, exposures or COVID tests. 
    • If approved to attend school, you will see a green check mark
    • If you enter a symptom of illness or exposure to COVID, you will get a red X and you should not send your student to school. Instead contact your school nurse, and report your student's absence through your school's attendance line.
    • Alternatives to the email/text - These are not the preferred methods but can be used if needed:
      • A school-specific QR Code/link for students can be found on your specific school’s COVID webpage and is posted at the entrance of your school. 
      • Printable attestation paper


    Frequently Asked Questions about Attestation:


    What if a student travels between 2 families?

    Your choices are:

    • When attesting, change the phone number in the app back and forth to the number of the parent the student will be with the next morning. You can volley the texts back and forth like this but the emails will only go to 1 parent - the parent that is listed first in Family Access. 
    • Alternatively, one parent (first guardian listed in Family Access) gets the email link for attesting. And the second parent phone number is entered in the app and always attests from the text link.
    • Least preferable methods: Use the School-specific QR code for your school (available on the school website) to open a questionnaire link, or complete a printed attestation paper.


    What is the difference between attesting with the school’s QR code vs. the email/text from Qualtrics?

    You have to enter more info if you use the school QR code & it increases the work of staff who are tracking student health status from the attestations. Be sure to enter your student's name (not the guardian) and an email address. 


    Can my student do the attestation?

    Older students (i.e. middle school and high school) may attest on their cell phone. Parents/guardians must ensure students understand the daily health survey questions and have taken their temperature each morning BEFORE leaving for school.  


    What happens if a student doesn’t have a daily attestation done?

    Please do not send your child to school without their attestation being completed. Students at school without attestation will be tracked, screened and parents contacted.  It takes a significant amount of staff time to follow up on each student to verify their health and is not sustainable for providing hybrid learning. If it is rare that it’s not done prior to arrival, then we contact family to obtain attestation.  If students are not attesting regularly, we will follow the district’s procedure and you will hear from an administrator. Remember, this is a requirement for attendance at in-person school. 


    How do I attest if my student is staying home for an exposure or quarantine?      

    1. Answer “NO” to the first question about attending school today. 
    2. Answer “I am feeling sick today” for why they are not attending, even if you’re not actually feeling sick.
    3. If you aren’t feeling sick, choose “None of the above” for the symptoms question, otherwise select your symptoms.
    4. For the last question, you would share if you have been in close contact to someone with COVID, told to stay home, or had a COVID + test (so, asymptomatic, but still exposed or positive).


    Do I have to attest if we are on vacation or at an appointment?

    We do still need to know if your student is coming to school or not. Please report the absence to the school as normal (via the Attendance Phone line) and also fill out your attestation with: 

    1. Choose “NO” to the first question that you are not planning to come into school. 
    2. Next, choose “I am not scheduled to come in today” for why you are not coming in.  


    Once they have been sick, how long do I have to attest to my student's symptoms? 

    Even if your student is cleared to go back to school before 10 days from ill symptoms (with a negative COVID test), you will attest their symptoms for 10 days after. The nurse will be aware and can track the ill symptoms and clear you to go to school. 


    Do I have to attest on Wednesdays?

    The current system does not allow for the attestation email/text to be stopped on asynchronous Wednesdays. However, families can ignore answering the attestation on Wednesday, since it is not a scheduled in-person day.


    Lastly, if you are not able to access the attestation survey or have additional questions, please reach out to your school nurse.