Every two years the majority of schools in Pennsylvania administer the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS). It is an intrusive survey asking students about criminal acts, suicide, guns, alcohol and illegal drug use of not only the student, but the student’s family. There are also several questions about the student’s relationship with their mother and father, insults and arguments within the family, siblings’ alcohol and drug use, etc. Check out the questions and see if you want your child to participate!
f you have or know a student in 6th, 8th, 10th or 12th grade and they attend public school, there is a very good chance they will be taking part in PAYS — the Pennsylvania Youth Survey — sometime this fall. Have you even heard of this survey? Most parents haven’t, but if you don’t opt your child out, they will take part in the survey because the school will take your non-response as a response giving permission for them to administer the survey to your child!