Saugus Public Schools administered the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in the spring of 2015. The YRBS was developed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor health behaviors among middle school and high school students. The data the survey collects help schools, government agencies, and community organizations develop health programs and drug abuse and bullying prevention plans. Follow-up waves of YRBS data can be used to monitor progress toward meeting program benchmarks.
The survey was administered in the classroom. Each teacher received an appropriate number of survey questionnaires. With a total of 90 questions, the questionnaire was short enough to allow the survey to be easily completed in one class period.
Students were asked to complete the survey but were also told that participation is voluntary. Furthermore, students were told that they could skip any question that they were not comfortable answering. Appropriate procedures were implemented for obtaining permission from parents for student participation.