It’s called the Connecticut School Health Survey Youth Behavior Component Student Questionnaire.
The survey asks the most invasive personal questions you can imagine.
It starts off with questions about how many times in the last 30 days the student has been in a vehicle driven by someone who has been drinking. It asks how frequently the student drinks and drives. It asks about whether the student carries weapons to school, has seen weapons at school or engages in fights.
Then it gets into questions about sexual intercourse, and whether the student has ever been forced to have sex. It asks about dating, relationships and whether any adult ever forced the student to do something against their will. It even asks whether your parents ever swore at you or hurt you.
An incredibly thorough section on drug, alcohol, tobacco, synthetic drug and prescription drug use is included.
The survey asks ten questions about sexual behavior, including how old were you the first time, how many partners you’ve had, whether you were you drunk or high during sex, and what you did to prevent pregnancy. The question also asks if you’ve had sex with female, males or females and males. Then students are questioned about their appearance — how other people would rate them on a 7-point scale that goes from “very feminine” to “very masculine.”
Students are asked about “other health related topics” such as whether they have been tested for AIDS or other STDs. Or how they rate their mental health.
Very personal questions are asked about family life, including whether the adults in the student’s life take care of basic needs, whether the family loves and supports the student, and whether the student feels comfortable talking to a family member about feelings.
What do you think the State of Connecticut does with all of this very personal data it’s collecting about students? Do you really think this data is anonymous? Do you feel comfortable having your child complete this survey?
Just so you know, we submitted a Freedom of Information Act to Greenwich Public Schools today to determine if this survey has ever been used in Greenwich, or if the district intends on using the survey in the upcoming school year. We will keep you posted when we get results.
P.S. The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) says that students cannot be surveyed without parental consent. If you do not want your child to participate in surveys like this, consider filing a Parental Opt-Out Form that says you do not consent to your child’s participation in any surveys.
Jackie Homan is the Founder of Greenwich Patriots, a grassroots political group, based in Greenwich, CT. She writes a daily newsletter that's intended to help keep her community informed about issues that the mainstream media refuses to cover, and to give people both the reason and the confidence to get off the couch and take action. She also likes to use the Freedom of Information Act process to expose the truth about issues that might otherwise get swept under the carpet. www.greenwichpatriots.us