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Maryland Youth Tobacco & Risk Behavior Survey (MYTRBS)

Since 2000, Worcester County Public Schools (WCPS) has administered health-related student surveys in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These surveys help inform the school system and our partner community agencies as they work to improve and develop programs and strategies to help our youth.

Beginning in late October 2016, WCPS will again administer the Maryland Youth Tobacco and Risk Survey (MYTRBS) to randomly selected students in grades 6 - 12. The survey was designed by the CDC to identify risk behaviors that may include safety behaviors such as use of helmets and seat belts, depression and mental health, use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs, nutrition and physical activity, and sexual behavior. The survey has been designed to protect the participating child’s privacy, as the survey is fully anonymous and the resulting reports will not mention any school or student.

As this survey includes some sensitive questions, Worcester County Public Schools wants to ensure that parents are fully aware of the content of the survey as well as their right to opt their child out of participation should they so choose.

We encourage all parents to visit the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)'s webpage that details information about the survey, provides a copy of this year's survey as it will be administered and addresses frequently asked questions. Please click here to be directed to this webpage.

If you are a parent looking for the Opt-Out form, please download it here

For questions or concerns related to the MYTRBS or its contents, please contact your school’s administration.