PA Youth Survey

October 9, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On November 6th, our school district will once again be taking part in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The survey will be administered to all 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders.  Questions pertain to topics such as school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse.
The information we receive will assist us and our community partners in working to prevent adolescent drug use and other problem behaviors, as well as provide supports for those struggling with these issues. We want to ensure that all parents are notified that the confidential survey is being conducted and provide you with as much information about the survey as possible.  As a parent, you have the right to have your child opt out of this survey, should you so choose. The following facts about the survey will help you make an informed decision about your child’s participation:

• Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Students will be instructed by their teacher that they can skip any questions they do not understand or choose not to answer. If they have any questions or concerns after taking this survey, they are instructed to talk with their school counselor or a trusted adult.

• The survey is designed to protect each student’s privacy. It is anonymous and confidential. Students will not put their names on the survey, and no student will ever have their individual responses reported. 

• The survey is well tested, having been administered to over 1,000,000 Pennsylvania students since the 1990’s. The information collected has proved invaluable to prevention and community partners in selecting programming to promote healthy youth development.

You can request a list of the survey questions or read some Frequently Asked Questions, please click on “2019” when visiting the site.

The survey will be administered during the school day on November 6th and will take one class period to complete.  If you do not want your child to participate, please submit your request to your child’s principal.  Thank you for your help in our efforts to keep our schools drug free and safe for learning. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Le Roy G. Whitehead, Ed. D.
Assistant Superintendent

Previous Survey Information

Below, please find the presentation to the school board about the PAYS Survey as it relates to the Phoenixville Area School District.

PAYS Board Presentation

Below, please find the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Summary Report for Phoenixville Area School District.  The PAYS Summary Report offers a unique community-level profile of the underlying factors that contribute to, and protect against, substance abuse and delinquent behaviors among your community's youth.

2017 PAYS Survey Results
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