During the last two weeks of February, students at Carroll Middle School, Dawson Middle School, Carroll High School, and Carroll Senior High will be given the opportunity to take the Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use. Since the first statewide administration of The Texas School Survey in 1988 there have been nearly 3,300 assessments conducted in school districts throughout the state of Texas. Well over two and a half million students in grades four through twelve have participated in the survey since that time. This year, as many as 200,000 students will take part in The Texas School Survey. The survey takes about thirty minutes and should not interfere with overall teaching objectives. The Texas School Survey has two primary objectives. It serves to inform state and local policy-makers about the extent and nature of substance use in Texas schools and provides a statewide standard of comparison for districts conducting local assessments of drug and alcohol use. Administration of The Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use is conducted by the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University on behalf of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Survey questions have been carefully designed to draw out student responses as to actual use of tobacco products, alcohol, inhalants and illicit drugs; identified behaviors related to substance use; parental attitudes towards substance use; and the effectiveness of school-oriented substance use programs and/or activities. Examples of inhalants include correction fluid, spray paint and paint thinner, while examples of illicit substances include marijuana, powdered and crack cocaine, steroids and ecstasy.
Participation in The Texas School Survey is completely voluntary. There will be no adverse consequences— grades or class standing will not be affected in any way whatsoever— for any student choosing not to participate. Those choosing not to participate are asked to read or work quietly during the administration of the survey. Research design and protocols ensure that participation in The Texas School Survey is completely anonymous. This means no names or other personal identifiers will be collected.
Carroll ISD will do everything possible to keep others from learning about your child’s participation in this study. To further help protect your child’s privacy, Carroll ISD has obtained a Certificate of Confidentiality from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. With this Certificate, Carroll ISD cannot be forced (for example by court order or subpoena) to disclose information that may identify your child in any federal, state, local, civil, criminal, legislative, administrative, or other proceedings. The researchers will use the Certificate to resist any demands for information that would identify your child, except to prevent serious harm to your child or others. You should understand that a Certificate of Confidentiality does not prevent you, or a member of your family, from voluntarily releasing information about your child, or your child’s involvement in this study. A Certificate of Confidentiality does not represent an endorsement of the research study by the Department of Health and Human Services or the National Institutes of Health.
If you would like to view a copy of the survey instrument, or if you have any questions concerning the survey methodology, you may contact the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University at 979-862-3437 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This research study has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board Human Subjects in Research, Texas A&M University. For research-related problems or questions regarding subjects’ rights, the Institutional Review Board may be contacted at (979) 458-4067 or email at email@example.com.
**If you would like your child to participate, a consent link has been sent to all secondary parents through Skyward Family Access on January 17. Please complete the form again for each child in grades 7-12. This link will be active through January 31, 2017.**
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