The Utah State Office of Education; Department of Health; and Department of Human Services,
Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health are conducting the sixth Student Health And Risk
Prevention (SHARP) Survey. Your child’s class may be selected to participate in this survey.
Students whose classes have been selected will be asked to complete ONE of the following two
questionnaires: the Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey or the Youth Risk Behavior Survey
(YRBS) during February of 2015. The two questionnaires are described below.
Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey. The PNA survey measures alcohol, tobacco, and drug
use; the factors that place students at risk for problem behaviors; and the factors that protect students
from problem behaviors. Information gained from the survey will allow your school district and the
State of Utah to continue to provide comprehensive prevention programs for our schools and children.
Copies of the PNA surveys are available for your review in the school office or you can review them
by clicking on the following links:
Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The YRBS survey measures alcohol, tobacco, and drug use;
antisocial behaviors; health behaviors; and school safety. This survey is only administered to students
in grades 9 through 12. A copy of the YRBS survey is available for your review in the school office
or you can review the survey by clicking on the following link:
According to Utah law, students’ parents must give their permission before the student can participate
(1) Your child’s participation is completely voluntary and confidential.
(2) If your child does not participate he or she will not be penalized or lose any school benefits to
which he or she is otherwise entitled.
(3) Your child may discontinue the survey or skip any or all questions on the survey without
penalty or loss of any school benefits to which he or she is otherwise entitled.
Parent Consent forms will be sent home or you can obtain a form by clicking on one of the following
Please check whether or not you want your child to participate in the survey, sign this form, and have
your child return it to his or her teacher as soon as possible. Thank you very much for your help on
this important project.
For the survey results to be accurate, it is important that all students are given an opportunity to
participate in the survey, whether or not they have ever used tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs or engaged
in problem behavior.
The surveys are being administered by your school district during one class period and will take about 45
minutes to complete. All responses will be completely anonymous and confidential. Results will be
reported for groups of students; because the survey is anonymous, responses cannot be linked to any
individual student. Additionally, the anonymous survey data may be shared with respected researchers in
the United States to aid in prevention planning.
For additional information about the survey, contact SHARP Project Director Mary Johnstun
Again, thank you very much for your help on this important project.