Portage Township Schools’ students in grades 6, 8, 9, 10 and 12 will be participating in the Indiana Youth Survey, of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs use. Our Portage students will join students throughout Porter County in the completion of the survey. The survey will be completed online February 13-24, 2017, at Fegely Middle School, Willowcreek Middle School, and Portage High School.
This survey provides information on important risk factors related to students. Assessing and addressing students’ substance use and mental health can greatly improve their ability to learn and succeed. The survey is conducted by Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC), School of Public Health, Indiana University-Bloomington. The information regarding the survey (i.e., sample questionnaires, reports, etc.) can be viewed at www.INYS.indiana.edu.
Please know the following regarding this survey:
- The 30-minute survey is anonymous and confidential. Students complete it in private without any personally identifiable information that can be traced to any individual student. Results are reported by school, school corporations, county, state, and federal levels.
- Participation is voluntary and a student can “opt out” of participation. If you choose for your student to “opt out” and not participate, you must complete and return the attached statement to your student’s school principal no later than Wednesday, February 8, 2017. If you support your student’s school participation in the survey, you need not take any action.
- Parents who wish to inspect the survey before a student completes it may either view it online at http://www.inys.indiana.edu/about-survey or contact the building principal to make this arrangement.
Student participation in the Indiana Youth Survey is an important action in data collection that assists in making decisions to help our children. I support Portage student participation and encourage you to do the same.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact your child’s principal or me.
Amanda Alaniz, Ed.S.
Superintendent of Schools
Indiana Youth Survey
Participation “Opt Out” Statement