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Illinois Youth Survey

Illinois Youth Survey

During the spring semester of the 2019-2020 school year, schools within the city of Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois have the opportunity to conduct the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS) with students in 8th, 10th or 12th grade. This year, Grant Community High School’s 10th and 12th graders will participate on February 20, 2020.

WHAT IS THE ILLINOIS YOUTH SURVEY?
The purpose of the IYS is to better understand youth attitudes and behaviors that can impact student problems and academic success. The survey will ask about topics including nutrition, physical activity, bullying, tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. Students taking the survey will be asked to complete the survey (with no names or identification numbers) that will be confidentially administered during one class period. The survey will be administered electronically, is completely voluntary, and privacy will be strictly protected.  While the survey asks personal questions, students can skip any or all questions if they feel uncomfortable.

WHAT IS THE SURVEY DATA USED FOR?
The Illinois Youth Survey will provide Grant with a local report of the combined student results which will help to determine programs that may be needed to keep students safe and healthy. The IYS is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services and is coordinated by the Center for Prevention Research and Development at the University of Illinois and the Lake County Department of Health. For more information, please visit the Illinois Youth Survey website at http://iys.cprd.illinois.edu

DO I HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO ALLOW MY CHILD TO PARTICIPATE?
No, however, if you do not wish for your child to participate in the survey, please contact the principal’s secretary, Jamie Martin,  at jmartin@grantbulldogs.org by February 18, 2020.  In the email indicate that you deny permission for your student to participate in the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS).  Even if you allow your child to participate, every student will also be given the choice to participate or not.