Students and parents, we have a unique opportunity to tell the California Department of Education what we thinking about our school learning environment. It’s called the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS).
The idea behind it is this: if we understand how kids feel, we can develop programs for youth that promote healthy lifestyles. That means promoting physical fitness and good nutritional habits; helping kids alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; promoting school safety; identifying what our strengths are as a school.
Parents, if you’d like to review the survey, it’s in our school office.
5th grade has been chosen, since this is the grade where students complete the California Physical Fitness Test, start learning about Family Life, and are at a pivotal point of maturation.
The CHKS is anonymous, voluntary, and requires a parent permission slip to answer.
As a parent of three daughters, I would encourage my own children to answer the questions honestly and openly. As an adult, I am always pleased when a state agency such as the California State Department of Education asks a child’s opinion on how they feel. That, in my own opinion, doesn’t happen as often as it should.
Please let me know if you have questions.
Permission slips will go out tomorrow. Please could you return them by Friday stating if you do or do not give permission?
The survey itself will be administered September 18 at school.
Thank you for considering this opportunity to make your child’s voice heard.