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2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey

I would like to take this time to provide information regarding the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and the 2013 Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS). The YRBS and YTS are given every two years in the spring. These surveys are sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the North Dakota Department of Health. The YRBS will ask questions about nutrition, physical activity, injuries, tobacco, alcohol, other drug use, sexual behavior and asthma. The content of the YTS includes tobacco questions, related to prevalence (cigars, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and pipes), knowledge and attitudes, cessation, tobacco smoke, media and advertising, minors’ access, and school curriculum. No students or class will ever be mentioned by name in the report of the results. These survey’s are designed to protect your child’s privacy. As a district, we encourage all our 7-12 students to take part in the survey. Because of the sensitivity of the questions, parents can opt to have their child not take part in the survey. If you decide not to have your child take the surveys, you will need to fill out a Form for Denial of Parental Permission. These forms are available in the HIgh School Office. These forms must be returned to the school by Monday, March 25th. Students will take these surveys on Tuesday, March 26th. If you have questions regarding either survey, please feel free to contact the school and visit with Mrs. Glasner, Mr. Bickford, or myself. You may also contact Mark Winkelman, Winlkelman Consulting at MRWinkelman@cable.net or 701-237-2238.

On March 4th, there was no school due to the weather, this means our school district will have to make up this day. Our storm makeup day is Monday, April 1st. This means school WILL BE in session on Monday, April 1st. Unfortunately, this is not an April Fools Day joke. The district will be having an early out for Professional Development on Wednesday, March 27th, Central School students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.. The buses will leave Middle School at 12:45 p.m. to take the students home.

The school district made changes in regards to safety for staff and students at the start of the second semester. I would like to thank everyone for their support and patience in implementing the changes. Your cooperation is very much appreciated.