3.9.17 Notification: SFUSD Youth Risk Behavior Survey Information

Notification: SFUSD Youth Risk Behavior Survey Information

SFUSD Student, Family, and Community Support Division, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention administers the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in grades 6 through 12, in SFUSD schools every two years during the school year. Survey results are shared with administrators, teachers, staff, and parents/caregivers. 

Survey Content. The survey monitors six categories of priority health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults — behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; school safety; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity; and environmental and individual strengths and assets. The YRBS is administered every other year.

It is Voluntary. Your child does not have to participate in the survey. Students who participate only answer the questions they want to answer and they may stop taking it at any time. However, it is very important that your son or daughter take the survey so that we can continue to improve health education programs and support services for your child and other students in our district.

It is Anonymous. No names will be recorded or attached to the survey forms or data. The results will be made available only under strict controls to assure anonymity. Parents/caregivers of children who are randomly selected to participate in the survey will receive additional information before survey administration begins. For parents/caregivers of children in the 6th grades only, your written permission is required for your child to participate in the survey. For parents/caregivers of children in the 7th through 12th grade, please make your request in writing to your child’s teacher if you wish your child excluded from participating in the survey.

For Further Information. The YRBS was developed by CDC (www.cdc.gov/yrbs). Please contact the SFUSD School Health Programs Office at (415) 242-2615, if you would like the survey items to be read to you over the phone or if you would like to meet with someone to review the survey.