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What you need to know about the Healthy Youth Survey Program

Next month, Orting Middle and High School students in 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade will voluntarily participate in the Healthy Youth Survey (HYS), a statewide collaborative effort of the  Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the State Department of Health (DOH), Health Care Authority (HCA), and the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). 

The HYS is an anonymous survey conducted every two years in Washington state schools. Any Washington public school with students in grades 6,8,10, or 12 is eligible to participate. 

The most recent survey was conducted in 2018 and was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The dates the survey will be administered are below:

  • 8th Grade -  Oct. 11
  • 6th Grade - Oct. 13
  • 10th Grade - Oct. 14
  • 12th Grade - Oct. 19

What is the purpose of the survey? 

The HYS is used to identify and monitor factors that affect the health of youth in Washington state. The survey focuses on health risk behaviors, such as violence, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use that could result in injury and impact positive development among youth. Also, the survey includes questions about risk and protective factors, which are attitudes and opinions that research has shown to correlate with these health risk behaviors. 

Where will the students take the survey?

The students will take the survey during school hours in one class period at their home campus. All questions are self-report, and no physical tests or examinations are involved.

What kind of questions are the students asked on the survey? 

The survey includes questions related to unintentional and intentional injuries, physical activity and dietary behaviors, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, and related risk and protective factors. 

For grades 8, 10, and 12, surveys include questions about sexual behavior and sexual abuse. The survey will not ask 6th graders questions regarding sexual behavior and abuse-related questions.

Parents or guardians can contact their child’s school to view a copy of the survey.

Why are these questions necessary? 

If we do not ask these questions honestly and straightforwardly, we cannot know the degree to which Washington students engage in these health risk behaviors.

Do students have to participate in the survey, and is it anonymous?

Student participation is 100 percent voluntary and anonymous. The administration procedures protect student privacy and anonymity. 

The survey will not ask students their names or ID numbers. When they finish the survey, students directly submit their survey anonymously. 

Schools must plan an alternative activity for students who choose not to take the survey.


How will the Orting School District use the data?

To address the students' needs at the school, community, and state levels. 

If necessary, district leaders could use the data to:

  • Learn the prevalence of health-related behaviors among students.
  • Understand the school climate.
  • Contribute to the School Improvement Planning process. 
  • Help inform other needs assessments.
  • Help justify new school programs, projects, or staffing.
  • Assist with evaluating or improving existing school programs or projects.
  • Provide information for writing grant applications.

 

When will the results be available?

Mid-March 2022. 


To view Orting School District's HYS results from 2018, click here.

For more information about the Healthy Youth Survey, visit askhys.net, or call 1-877-HYS(497)-7111 or healthy.youth@doh.wa.gov.

Healthy Youth Survey FAQs for Parents and Students PDF