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Students to Participate in 2016 Healthy Youth Survey

Students to Participate in 2016 Healthy Youth Survey
Posted on 09/13/2016
Students to Participate in 2016 Healthy Youth SurveyPort Angeles, Wash. – The Port Angeles School District is participating in the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey during the week of October 10th through the 21st. 

The Healthy Youth Survey is given to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 across Washington State.  

The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to background 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 related to safety and feelings about safety; behaviors related to violence; sexual behavior, orientation, and abuse (not included in Grade 6 survey)

Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs and acquire grant funding to support youth and reduce their risks.

Click here to read the Parent and Student Notification flyer for information about the Healthy Youth Survey for PASD students.  

Participation in the survey is voluntary, and the students’ answers are anonymous.  Parents not wanting their child to participate must contact their student’s school office. Students can also excuse themselves by telling their teacher they do not want to take the survey. 

The Healthy Youth Survey is sponsored by the following state agencies:  Department of Health, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Department of Social and Health Services / Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Department of Commerce, and Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Students have been taking the Healthy Youth Survey since 1988. The number of participants has grown from only a few thousand students to over 200,000.

If you have any questions about the purpose of the survey or survey procedures, please contact your student’s principal or call Kevin Beck at the Department of Health toll-free at 1.877.HYS.7111or send an email to healthy.youth@doh.wa.gov

Additional information about the Healthy Youth Survey 2016 can be found at www.AskHYS.net.

For additional assistance, contact:

Tina Smith-O’Hara
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Port Angeles School District
360.565.3703
tsmithohara@portangelesschools.org