Youth Risk Behavior Survey
During the 2018-19 school year, the Ken-Ton School District once again administered the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which is designed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, in Grades 7-12. The YRBS is a standardized national survey designed to assess risks to student health, safety, and well-being in areas of such as injuries, bullying, violence, sexual activity, alcohol consumption, drug use, tobacco use, diet, and physical activity. 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 asked questions regarding the aforementioned topics.
The survey was 100% anonymous, and students were not required to take the survey. Parents/guardians were able to 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.
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 wellness.
Please contact Michael F. Lewis, Ph.D., Director of Special Education & Student Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns about the YRBS.