Dear Parent or Guardian,
On December 4th Georgetown Middle-High School will be conducting the Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes & Behavior Survey to students in grades 7-12. This survey is conducted through our regional partnership with the Essex County Asset Builder Network. This partnership brings together the communities of Amesbury, Georgetown, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, and Salisbury to develop assets (protective factors) and reduce health risk behaviors among youth. Research has shown the more assets (protective factors) youth have the more likely they are to thrive in school and beyond, reporting higher school success, persistence through adversity, healthy behaviors and valuing diversity. Youth who have more assets are also less likely to report participating in risky behaviors including alcohol or other drug use, bullying, or having feelings of depression.
This is the second time this survey will be conducted. The first administration of the survey gave us information about where young people were thriving and areas to build more supports. This led to programs such as more social-emotional education in the classrooms and the development of our new Georgetown Youth Community Center.
The survey will ask youth questions about their thoughts on school climate, parent and school boundaries and expectations, their structured time use, and their behaviors and have enabled adults to better understand the youth voice in their community. The survey will also ask about tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use activity; behaviors related to intentional and unintentional injuries; eating habits, physical activity, and sexual activity. Asking this range of questions will help identify strengths youth currently poses, areas where they are thriving, and possible risk behaviors. This will help us identify the ways youth feel supported and areas where we can increase supports.
This electronic survey consists of multiple-choice questions and will take one regular class period to complete. There are no physical tests or exams involved. Your child’s participation is voluntary and anonymous; no names will ever be collected, used, or reported. Valid results depend on high participation rates among students, but participation is entirely voluntary. There will be no negative consequences for your child, you, or the school if your child does not participate.
If you would like to look over the survey or ask questions before it is administered there will be a copy to view in the main office. The survey cannot be removed from the main office and pictures are not permitted. Tina Los is the Regional Project Coordinator working with all towns to roll out this grant and can be contacted with any questions about this survey or the broader project. She can be reached at 978-992-1671 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please read the form below. If you do NOT want your son/daughter to participate in the survey, complete the form and return this entire page to Julia Robinson in the high school guidance office by November 27th. If you have any questions, please contact Julia Robinson at email@example.com or 978-352-5790 x3137.
Thank you for your cooperation with this important research effort.
My son/daughter, _________________________________________, may not complete the Profiles in Student Life Survey.
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