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    Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey

     

    Our district is participating in the Washington State 2018 Healthy Youth Survey during fall 2018. At Jane Addams, students in the 6th and 8th grades will be taking this survey on Wednesday, October 10, in their Science class.

     

    The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, risk and protective factors, access to school-based services, and sexual behaviors, abuse and orientation. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.

     

    Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous.

     

    Please read the Parent and Student Notification Letter Below for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.

    Q: Who will be asked to take the survey?

    A: Students in Grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 across

    Washington State and students in Grades 7, 9 and 11 in

    small school districts.

     

    Q: Is the survey voluntary?

    A: Yes! Students taking the survey can skip questions

    and stop taking the survey at any time. If you do not

    want your student to participate in the survey, you can

    call the school to excuse your student. Students can

    also tell their teacher that they do not want to take the

    survey. Students not taking the survey will take part in

    a different activity, such as studying or reading in the

    library. There is no penalty for not taking part in the

    survey. Your student’s grades will not be affected.

     

    Q: What questions are on the survey?

    A: Survey questions come from surveys across the

    nation and in Washington. Parents or guardians can

    see a copy of the survey questions in the school office.

    Question topics include:

    Information, such as age, gender, and race or

    ethnicity.

    Feelings about school and community.

    Relationships with parents, friends, and

    neighbors.

    Eating habits, physical activity.

    Health education.

    Attitudes about and the use of tobacco, alcohol

    and other drugs.

    Behaviors and feelings related to safety.

    Behaviors related to violence

    Sexual behavior, orientation, identity, and

    abuse (not for Grades 6 or 7).

     

    Q: How is student identity protected?

    A: Students will not write their names on the

    survey. There are no codes or information to

    match a survey to a student. No one from the

    school will look at their answers. Students will

    put completed surveys into a sealed envelope

    before it leaves the classroom. Survey results will

    not identify any student.

     

    Q: How are the survey results used?

    A: Schools, school districts, counties and state

    agencies use the results to understand our

    students and to provide them with the services

    they need. Results are used for planning,

    evaluating, improving programs, and getting the

    money to support them. Data sets are also

    shared with local health departments and

    approved researchers.

     

    Need More Information?

    If you have any questions about the purpose of

    the survey or survey procedures:

    • Call toll-free 1-877-HYS-7111

    • Email healthy.youth@doh.wa.gov

    Information about the Healthy Youth Survey

    can be found at: www.AskHYS.net

    The Washington State Institutional Review

    Board has approved the procedures for the

    Healthy Youth Survey that are described in this

    letter. If you believe these procedures have not

    been followed, please call 1-800-583-8488. You

    do not have to leave your name. All messages

     

    INFORMATION FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS

    Our school will participate in the Healthy Youth Survey during this Fall.

    The survey asks questions about risks for injury, health outcomes, and alcohol and

    drug use. Schools, and state and local agencies use survey results to support our

    youth and reduce their risks. The Healthy Youth Survey is voluntary and

    anonymous and provides important information to guide policy and programs that

    serve our youth.

    Please share this information with your student.

    Then talk about the survey and decide if your student will participate.

    Students have been taking the Healthy Youth Survey since 1988. The number of students has

    grown from only a few thousand students to over 200,000 in 2016.