October 5, 2018
This year, the Ken-Ton School District will once again be administering the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which is designed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, in Grades 7-12. We wish to provide our families with comprehensive information about this survey far in advance so they have the opportunity to learn more about it, ask questions, and make the best possible decision regarding their child’s participation.
The YRBS is a standardized national survey designed to assess risks to student health, safety, and well-being in areas such as injuries, bullying, violence, sexual activity, alcohol consumption, drug use, tobacco use, diet, and physical activity. As such, the survey includes some questions that parents might find uncomfortable or concerning. Questions are tailored differently based on age, with one survey for students in Grades 7-8 and another for students in Grades 9-12. However, both surveys will ask questions regarding the aforementioned topics.
Schools will administer this survey between the dates of October 29th and November 2nd, 2018. The survey is 100% anonymous, and students are not required to take the survey. Parents/guardians may choose to have their child excluded from taking the survey by filling out a simple opt-out form and returning it to their child’s school. You can find this opt-out form at www.ktufsd.org/YRBS. There, you will also have the opportunity to learn more about the YRBS and see the survey questions.
In schools across the country, the YRBS has provided invaluable insight into the health and safety of their students and the daily risks that many of them face. This helps school staff better understand the students they serve and make the most impactful decisions possible when addressing these concerns. The community representatives and stakeholders who created the Ken-Ton School District’s new 2018-2023 strategic plan, entitled “Ken-Ton Forward,” identified the YRBS as a tool that will help the district achieve one of its three core goals: improving student social-emotional health and wellness.
We thank you for your time and attention, and please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns about the YRBS.
Michael F. Lewis, Ph.D.
Director of Special Education & Student Services