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2021  Iowa Youth Survey-Parent Information
2021 Iowa Youth Survey-Parent Information
Tim Mitchell
Monday, November 01, 2021

Dear Parent/Legal Guardian: 

Between September 27 and November 12, 2021, your student(s) in 6th, 8th, and/or 11th grade will be invited to join their classmates in completing the 2021 Iowa Youth Survey. Since 1975, Iowa students have filled out this questionnaire to provide important information about their behaviors, experiences, and beliefs. Participation in the survey is anonymous and strictly voluntary. No student is required to fill out the questionnaire. The survey will take one class period or approximately 40 minutes to complete. 

Purpose of the Survey: 

The 2021 Iowa Youth Survey is directed by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Your school system has agreed to administer the survey for 2021. 

The purpose of the survey is to collect information from Iowa youth so we can better understand their behaviors, experiences, and beliefs about what makes them feel secure, strong, and safe in their communities, schools, and families. Students are asked about their experiences with and perceptions of many topics, such as: 

  • nutrition, exercise and sleep habits;

  • youth mental health; 

  • pandemic impacts;

  •  alcohol, tobacco and other drugs,

  •  bullying, harassment and interpersonal violence; 

  • extracurricular activities and volunteering; and, 

  • school climate and adult support. 

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