The Communities That Care Youth Survey is designed to improve our understanding of adolescent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as adolescent crime, delinquency and related risky behaviors. This survey has been administered every two years since 2005; this iteration will be the sixth Medford Public Schools will be conducting.
The goal of the survey is to better understand the risky behaviors youth engage in and to more effectively target efforts to prevent them. Team Medford, a Health Department initiative, and Medford Health Matters a community coalition are sponsoring the survey in collaboration with the Medford Public Schools. It has been funded by a grant from the federal government and, this year, funding from Mt. Auburn Hospital.
The data being collected is a valuable assessment tool and it is the hope that each child is allowed to participate. As a parent/guardian you have the right to prohibit your child’s participation in the survey. The following are facts about the survey to help make an informed decision about your child’s participation.
- It is voluntary Your child does not have to participate. Neither you nor your child is required to give a reason for not participating. Students who do not participate will not be required to answer all of the questions- only those that they choose to answer.
- It is anonymous and confidential The survey is designed to protect your child’s and the school’s privacy. No names or other identifying information will be recorded. Once the survey is complete all survey will be carefully protected and after six months will be destroyed.
- It is well tested The survey was developed in the early 1990’s and has been given to over 500,000 students in the United States over the years. The information from the survey has been used to prevent a variety of adolescent problem behaviors.
To ensure that all parents/guardians are notified and well informed of the survey, letters will be mailed to families with children in the middle and high schools. In this letter there is a form that parents/guardians are to fill out if they DO NOT want their child to participate. You do not need to notify the school or sign anything to allow your child to participate. A copy of the survey is available for all to review at your school and will be conducted in the first two weeks of February. You may also contact Penelope Funaiole or Brooke Hoyt at (781) 393-2449 or email email@example.com for more information.
In addition, an Adult Attitudes and Perception Survey has been mailed home. This survey is asking parents/guardians about attitudes and opinions on underage drinking, marijuana use, and other health related behaviors. For this survey to be accurate and precise the more returned surveys the better results, please take ten minutes to return the survey in the self address envelope provided.
Results obtained from the youth survey will be complied into reports and available to the community in July 2015. This data plays an important role in efforts to prevent drug use, delinquency and other kinds of adolescent problem behaviors.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support in creating a healthier Medford.