Tukwila schools to survey students on drug, alcohol use

The Tukwila School District will be surveying its students next week, but it won't be about their classwork. The Healthy Youth Survey, a voluntary, confidential, questionnaire will ask students about their risk for injury as well as any alcohol and drug use, among other things.

  • Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:26am
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The Tukwila School District will be surveying its students next week, but it won’t be about their classwork.

The Healthy Youth Survey, a voluntary, confidential, questionnaire will ask students about their risk for injury as well as any alcohol and drug use, among other things.

Schools, communities and state and local health departments use the survey results to better hone their outreach efforts to support state youth.

The questionnaire will be given to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 during week of Oct. 18.

The survey touches on a wide variety of topics, including students’ feelings about schools and their community, relationships with their parents and friends, eating habits and physical activity, attitudes about the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs and behaviors related to violence, among other topics.

Students can opt out of answering any questions, and parents can have their child excused by calling the school. Students also can excuse themselves from taking the survey.

The Healthy Youth Surveys have been administered to students since 1988. Learn more by going to www.hys.wa.gov, or fortress.wa.gov/doh/hys.

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