2018 Fairfax County Youth Survey

October 05, 2018

Dear 8th Grade Parent or Guardian: 

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are working together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results of this survey are published each year on https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health-humanservices/fairfax-county-youth-survey and are used by school officials, youth leadership classes, youth serving county agencies, and local non-profits to determine the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs offered in schools and communities. It is also used to identify changing trends and areas of need. The survey is anonymous and no individual information is reported. The survey will be given to 8th grade middle school students during Social Studies. 

The Fairfax County Youth Survey asks questions about risky behavior, mental health, physical health and safety. There are questions about behaviors related to alcohol, illegal drugs, and misuse of prescription drugs. Additional questions about depression, student stress, bullying, and harassment, and questions about personal health, including eating disorders, obesity, and for students in eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade only, sexual behavior, will be included in the survey. Students are also asked about specific protective factors concerning health and safety. A modified survey has been created for students who may  have special education needs or limited English proficiency, to ensure that their voices can also be heard. 

You have the right to preview the survey and may deny permission for your child to participate if you desire. If a student is uncomfortable with any question on the survey, the student does not have to answer that question or may elect to discontinue the survey. While it is hoped that as many students as possible will participate, you have the option of completing the attached form if you wish to opt out your child. 

The survey will be administered between November 7-16, 2018. A copy of the actual survey, as well as the survey fact sheet, will be available to parents and/or guardians online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/youth-survey and in the school counseling office of your child's school beginning October 5, 2018. Translated documents are also available.

If you do not wish for your child to take part in the survey, please complete the opt-out form and return it to your child's school counselor no later than November 7, 2018:    https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/YouthSurveyMiddleHighOptOut.pdf

If you have questions about the survey, contact Stefan Mascoll, coordinator, Student Safety and Wellness Office, at 571-423-4270.

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