Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Every two years, our Supervisory Union administers the Youth Risk Behavior Survey to students to gather information about various health risks facing young people. In February or March, all of our schools will participate in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), sponsored by the Vermont Department of Health, through the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs. The survey is designed for 8th through 12th graders and will include questions about nutrition, alcohol, and tobacco and other drug use, physical exercise, injuries, and sexual behavior. Since 1995, our students have been taking the survey which was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has been approved by many national organizations, including the National PTA. Survey results are used to prioritize needs, plan new prevention programs, and secure future funding.
The YRBS is given anonymously, and survey procedures have been designed to protect your child’s privacy. No names are ever written on the survey, and individual responses are not disclosed to anyone. We would like all students to take part in the survey; however, the survey is voluntary, and all students will have the right to decline participation if they choose.
As a parent or guardian of a student eligible to participate in the YRBS, federal law affords you the right to inspect the survey before it is administered and to opt your child out of taking the survey. Each school will have a copy of the survey in the main office for you to preview. Should you decide that you do not want your child participating in the YRBS, please inform us in writing no later than March 16, 2015. The form is located at the end of this newsletter. CVU students will participate in the survey on Thursday, March 23.
If you have any questions, please contact Tim Trevithick at 482-6951.