Healthy Youth Survey
Every two years NSD 6th-, 8th, 10th, and 12th-grade students participate in the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey (HYS). Our schools will be conducting the survey during one class period the week of October 9th through 27th. The survey is sponsored by the Department of Health, the Family Policy Council and other state agencies.
What is the Healthy Youth Survey?
The HYS measures health risk behaviors that contribute to illness, death, and social problems among youth in Washington State. These behaviors include alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other drug use; behaviors that result in intentional and unintentional injuries (e.g., violence); behaviors related to food; physical activity; mental health; school climate; and related risk and protective factors.
What questions are on the survey?
Survey questions come from several well-established surveys that have taken place across the nation and in Washington. A copy of the survey questions are available online at https://www.askhys.net/Hys/HysInformation
Question topics include:
Background information (age, gender, grade, race/ethnicity)
Feelings about school and community
Relationships with parents, friends and neighbors
Nutrition, eating habits, physical activity
Knowledge, attitudes about, and use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
Behavior related to safety and feelings about safety
Is the survey voluntary?
Student participation is completely voluntary and anonymous.
Students not taking the survey will be provided with an alternative activity, such as reading or working in the library.
How is student identity protected?
The administration procedures are designed to protect student privacy and anonymity. Students are not asked for their names or identification numbers.
Need more information?
If you have any questions about the purpose of the survey or survey procedures, please contact the HYS Principal Investigator at (877) HYS-7111, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for the survey is provided by Looking Glass Analytics.The Washington State Institutional Review Board (WSIRB) provides review, approval, and oversight for HYS on:
Survey recruitment and administration materials
The parent and student notification processes
Survey content and questions
Rules for reporting HYS results and data sharing requirements