The survey asks questions about risk for injury,
health outcomes, and alcohol and drug use.
Schools, communities and state and local health
departments use survey results to support our youth
and reduce their risks.
The Healthy Youth Survey is voluntary and
Who will be asked to take the survey?
Students in Grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 across
What questions are on the survey?
Survey questions come from surveys that have
taken place across the nation and in Washington.
Parents or guardians can see a copy of survey
questions in the school office.
Question topics include:
- Background information, such as age, gender,
and race or ethnicity.
- Feelings about school and community.
- Relationships with parents, friends, and
- Eating habits, physical activity.
- Health education.
- Attitudes about and the use of tobacco, alcohol
and other drugs.
- Behaviors related to safety and feelings about
- Behaviors related to violence
Is the survey voluntary?
Yes! Students taking the survey can skip
questions and stop taking the survey at any time.
If you do not want your student to participate in
the survey, you can excuse your student from
participating by calling the school.
Students can also excuse themselves by telling
their teacher that they do not want to take the
Students not taking the survey will participate in a
different activity, such as studying or reading in
There is no penalty for not taking part in the
survey. Your student’s grades will not be affected.
How are the survey results used?
Schools, school districts, counties and state
agencies use the results to better understand our
students and to provide them with the services
they need. Results are used for planning,
evaluating and improving programs and obtaining
money to support them.
Data sets are also shared with local health
departments and legitimate researchers.
How is student identity protected?
Students will not write their names on the survey.
There are no codes or other information to match
a survey to a student.
No one from the school will look at the survey
answers. Students will put completed surveys into
an envelope that is sealed before it leaves the
Survey reports of results will not identify any