Youth Risk Behavior Survey
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is administered every other year to all 7th, 9th and 11th grade students. This survey is an anonymous questionnaire that asks students a wide variety of questions about health behaviors including diet, exercise, drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, mental health, violence and safety. The YRBS is designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is used by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to collect health data statewide.
The survey is instrumental in shaping health, physical education and counseling curricula and helps the district design programs that meet our students’ unique needs. Data collection is also a requirement in federal grant applications in which the district can obtain funds to support these important curriculum areas. Survey results help us to evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of programs that are implemented, and we can compare local results to other districts and the state as a whole.
The YRBS is a voluntary survey which parents have the right to exempt their child from participating in. If you would like to exempt your child from taking the survey, you need submit the request in writing to the Health Resource Teacher (Karen Beatty) at email@example.com
or if you have any other questions about the YRBS please call 781-741-1560 ext. 2150.
Link to the cdc results page with the most recent national yrbs data and fact sheets about risk behavior in youth
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