NMS Healthy Youth Survey Information

Washington State Healthy Youth Survey 2021 

Our school is participating in the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey during fall 2021. The survey will be given to students in Grades 6 and 8, per state guidelines, and will take place on October 20th. Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous. 

The Healthy Youth Survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, sexual behaviors, abuse, risk and protective factors, and access to school-based services. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks. 

Most schools will be administering the survey online this year. No privacy issues were identified in the E-survey pilot conducted in 2019. This year, schools and districts are being instructed to disable any recording, keystroke tracking, and video capture software on school-issued devices used to take the survey. They are also going to instruct students to do the same on personal devices used to take the survey before they begin. If you use any software to monitor the device your student will use to take the survey, please turn it off before they begin to ensure their honest participation. 

Please read the Parent and Student Notification Letter for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey. If you would like to opt your child out of the survey, please email nkerr@nsd.org or call 425-408-6701, and we will have your student added to our opt-out list. On the day of the survey, opted-out students will spend this time quietly doing schoolwork.