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PA Youth Survey (PAYS) Notice

Oct 23, 2019

Our school is taking part in the 2019 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The survey will ask questions about the behaviors of students in the 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades, including questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse.

The information we receive will assist us and our community partners in working to prevent adolescent drug use and other problem behaviors. We want to ensure that parents are notified that the survey is being conducted and provide you with as much information about the survey as possible. As a parent, you have the right to prohibit your child’s participation. The following facts about the survey will help you make an informed decision about your child’s participation:

  • Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Students will be instructed that they can skip any questions they do not understand or choose not to answer. If they have any questions or concerns after taking this survey, they are instructed to talk with their school counselor or a trusted adult.
  • The survey is designed to protect each student’s privacy. It is anonymous and confidential. Students will not put their names on the survey, and no student will ever have their individual responses reported.
  • The survey is well tested, having been administered to over 1,000,000 Pennsylvania students since the 1990’s. The information collected has proved invaluable to prevention planners in selecting programming to promote healthy youth development.

Click here if you would like to learn more about the PAYS survey.

The survey will be administered via PA Cyber sending the survey to student email addresses during the week of November 11, 2019 and the link will expire on or after November 20, 2019. The survey should take less than 45 Minutes to complete. If you do not want your child to participate, you must submit your request before November 4, 2019 to payouth.survey@pacyber.org by including your student(s) PA Cyber ID number and first and last names.

If you allow your students to participate, there’s nothing that you need to do. Thank you for your help in our efforts to keep our schools drug free and safe for learning. If you have any questions, please email payouth.survey@pacyber.org

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Casie Colalella / casie.colalella@pacyber.org

About PA Cyber

Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.