LA Caring Communities Youth Survey

LA Caring Communities Youth Survey

During the period of November 1, 2016, and November 30, 2016, the students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 in The City of Baker School District are taking part in the Louisiana Caring Communities Youth Survey. This survey is conducted by the Louisiana Department of Education, the Department of Health and Hospitals, and the Office of Addictive Disorders. It is designed to gather information about substance abuse, school dropout, delinquency and violence among our youth.

The results from the survey will be used to plan prevention and intervention programs in our community and schools. These programs will address problems of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, school dropout, delinquency and violence in our schools and communities. The information will also help us evaluate the effectiveness of current prevention and intervention efforts. There is a copy of the survey instrument at the school office if you wish to stop by and review it or you may view the survey on the City of Baker School System website (www.bakerschools.org).

The survey is entirely anonymous and confidential. Students will not put their names or any other identifying information on the survey booklet. All results from the survey will be presented only in group summary form, like many other opinion polls.

The survey asks questions about behaviors that students themselves or their friends may or may not have done. For example, students will be asked to respond to questions such as: "How wrong do you think it is for someone your age to pick a fight with someone at school?" "Which of the following activities for people your age are available in your community?" "On how many occasions (if any) have you used marijuana in the past 30 days" "If you skipped school, would you be caught by your parents?" It is important to remember that the survey is anonymous, so no student's response will ever be able to be connected with that student.

Your child's participation in the survey is completely voluntary (Download & complete consent form below). Each child will be given the option of leaving blank any question that he or she prefers not to answer. You may choose to decline to have your child participate. However, please remember this survey offers your child the opportunity to share his or her confidential opinions on very important issues being faced by our youth today. If you do decline, your son or daughter will be allowed to read or participate in some other alternative activity while his or her classmates are taking the survey.

The survey is being conducted by Bach-Harrison L.L.C. under contract with The Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). The project director for this survey is Mary Johnstun (801-842-2682) (mary@bach-harrison.com). Please feel free to contact her or Ray Biggar (337-482-1547) (rwb7213@louisiana.edu)  if you have any questions regarding the survey.

A copy of the survey is posted on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning website for viewing and Bach Harrison's website. You can view it by clicking either of link(s) below.