October 22, 2021
Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) - Updated
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Your child(ren) is invited to take the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) in the next couple of weeks. It is a survey about student health and behavior. The survey asks students about health topics including exercise, diet, alcohol, tobacco, drug use, mental health, suicide, bullying, sexual health (high school only), and how they have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey also asks students about school-life, school safety, trusted adult relationships, and other things known to relate to healthy choices.
Our district used the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey in the past.
The district uses the information about the health/wellness and student behaviors to provide resources and education necessary to prevent unhealthy behaviors and to promote healthier behaviors. The survey provides us with data regarding these topics.
Important information about the Survey:
- Students do not have to take this survey. The survey is optional and anonymous. The survey process will protect your student’s privacy.
- No information is collected on the survey that can identify a student. Only your child will know how he or she answers the questions.
- It takes no longer than one class period to complete.
- Students do not get school credit for taking the survey, and there is no penalty for not taking the survey.
- Students who take the survey may choose not to answer any question they don’t like or understand.
- The district does not receive any financial benefits from participating in this survey!
We posted additional information and the actual questionnaires and encourage all 6th – 12th grade parents to read the documents and have discussions with their child about these topics. We ask you to please look at all the questions before deciding whether you would like your child to participate or not.
If you do not want your child to participate, please sign and return the opt out form within the next two weeks to their classroom teacher.
**Middle school students will take the alternate survey that does not include the questions related to sexual behaviors.**