Youth Risk Behavior Survey
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. 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 will ask questions regarding the aforementioned topics.
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 the opt-out form here:
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.
We anticipate students will only need one instructional period to complete the survey. If, however, a student needs additional time she/he will continue to answer the survey questions and will be sent to their next class without penalty after the survey is completed.
Some parents and/or students might find certain questions to be sensitive. The survey has been designed to protect your child’s privacy. Students will never have the opportunity to put their names on the survey. Also, it will not be possible to ever mention a student or class by name in the report of results. No action will be taken against you, or your child, if your child does not participate. Students can skip any question that they do not wish to answer. In addition, students may stop participating in the survey at any point without penalty.
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.