3.9.17 Notification: SFUSD Youth Risk Behavior Survey and California Healthy Kids Survey

Notification: SFUSD Youth Risk Behavior Survey and California Healthy Kids Survey Information

SFUSD Student and Family Services Division, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Education, administers the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in grades 6 through 12, and the California Healthy Kids Survey in grades 7, 9 and 11 every two years during the school year. Survey results are shared with administrators, teachers, staff, and parents/caregivers. 

Survey Content. The surveys monitor 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.  

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 child 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 Confidential. No names will be recorded or attached to the online 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 to be excluded from participating in the survey.

For Further Information. Please contact the Student Family & School Resource Link at (415) 340-1716 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.