CALIFORNIA HEALTHY KIDS SURVEY 2016-2017


The California Department of Education (CDE) recommends that schools administer the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) every two years to provide data on student health risks and resilience.  The paperless web-based online version of the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) will be given to students in Grades 5, 7, 9 and 11 within the time period of October 24 to November 18, 2016.  In the Glendale Unified School District, positive parent permission is required for this survey, meaning that parents must sign a consent form indicating whether or not their child has their permission to take he survey. Separate elementary, middle, and high school versions are of the core module questionnaires will be administered to all students in grades 5, 7, 9, and 11.  In Grade 5 the CHKS will be comprised of the Core Elementary Module.  In Grade 7 & Above the CHKS will be comprised of the Core Module.  Additional supplemental survey questions will be given at the high school level in grades 9 and 11.

BACKGROUND

As a federal mandate to meet the Obama administration’s blueprint for proposed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) released by the U.S. Department of Education in March 2010, all California schools are required to administer the Survey every two years to provide data on student health risks and resilience.  The CHKS includes a range of questions to obtain student perceptions on health-related behaviors such as: alcohol, tobacco, drug use, and violence.  Core module questionnaires will be administered to all students in grades 5, 7, 9, and 11. The CHKS questions take approximately one period to complete. The results of the survey benefit the District by providing information and data to secure grant funding; guide and evaluate school violence and substance abuse prevention programs; and update site School Safety Plans and the District annual Safe Schools Report.  Translations and copies of the survey are made available at each school and on the District website for parent review before the survey is given.  The CHKS is mandated and meets the requirements for Obama Administration’s ‘Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title IV Safe and Drug Free Schools, and Tobacco Use Prevention Education programs.

In addition, the California School Climate Survey (CSCS) will be available online at each school participating in the CHKS.  The survey is anonymous and should be given to all certificated staff working with grades five through twelve, as well as staff involved in health, safety, and prevention. 

In conjunction with the School Climate Survey of teachers, administrators, and other staff, the information from the California Healthy Kids Survey guides school improvement safety efforts; advances positive learning and teaching environments; helps close the achievement gap; and meets the participation requirement by the California Department of Education for districts receiving Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) grant. Copies of the survey are made available at each school and on the District website for parent review before the survey is given. The CHKS includes a range of questions to obtain student perceptions on health-related behaviors including:

  • Alcohol and other drug use.
  • Tobacco use.
  • Violence and school safety.
  • Physical and nutritional habits.
  • Youth resilience (positive self-perception and avoidance skills).

Information from the results of the survey will allow district and school personnel to:

  • Evaluate both student learning and staff working conditions (K-12).
  • Compare student self-report data with staff and parent perceptions.
  • Update site School Safety Plans and the Annual District Safe Schools Report.
  • Guide and evaluate school violence and substance abuse prevention programs.
  • Apply for various grants including:
-   Drug and Other Substance Abuse Prevention.
-   Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities.
-   School Safety and Violence Prevention.
  • Provide ongoing funding for Tobacco Use Prevention Education.
  • Evaluate the Safe Schools Healthy Students program.

This short survey (CHKS) provides a means to confidentially obtain student insight.  This longitudinal information regularly supports informed decisions about professional development, instruction, the implementation of learning supports, and school reform.  Underlying the survey is research and theory supporting the importance of fostering school environments that are academically challenging, caring, participatory, safe, and healthy.

CONSENT

 
 
Armenian - Parent Consent Form (Elementary School) 
 

 

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