School district surveys student behavior |

School district surveys student behavior

At tonight’s special Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District board meeting, Laurie Martin, Director of Community and Youth Development for the district, will present the results of the California Healthy Kids Survey, a survey that was administered to students last springs to look at alcohol and drug use, violence and safety issues as well as physical activity and nutrition.

The statewide survey was given to approximately 55 percent of the district’s 7th-,9th- and 11th-graders. Only students who had written permission from their parents were able to participate in the survey, said Martin.

The report, which focuses on the percent of students engaged in risk behaviors, addresses the percentage of students that have ever used and currently use cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and inhalants.

The report also includes the percentage of students who use alcohol or drugs while at school as well as students’ attitudes towards drug use and their perceptions of the harm and availability of various substances.

Martin will share these findings to the board, as well as discuss what the district is doing to address issues of concern.

“This will give us an idea of what we need to focus on,” she said.

The district will use the results of the survey to help measure the success of some of its current programs.

“The key thing is to bring the students into the conversation,” Martin said. “We need to look to the youth for some direction as to how we can address some of these issues.”

Results show how the district compares to state and national trends as well.

“It’s done in a very confidential setting. We feel it’s administered in such a way that we get a reliable response,” Martin said of the survey’s accuracy.

Tonight’s meeting will also include a public hearing which begins at 8 p.m. on a tentative contract proposal from the district to the California Schools Employees Association, which represents classified employees. The district is proposing that the current contractual agreement in place between the TTUSD and CSEA be maintained without changes for the 1999-2000 school year.

Other items on the agenda include:

– Information on the Grass Roots Effort for Adequate School Funding

– An Excellence in Education report

– Measure C Oversight Committee report

– Measure R Oversight Committee report

– Report on Academic Performance Index scores

– Establishing a Public Relations committee

– Board meeting structure and process

– Approval of district negotiations to the CSEA

– TTHS and NTHS athletic budgets

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the district office located at 11839 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. For information, call 582-7600.

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