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California Healthy Kids Survey

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is a powerful tool that can help schools and districts accurately identify areas of student and school strengths and weaknesses, and address related needs. It provides a comprehensive, data-driven, decision-making process to guide efforts to improve school climate, learning supports, and engagement, as well as identify and increase the quality of health, prevention, and youth development programs.

At the heart of the CHKS is a broad range of key learning and health-related indicators that are used to collect student data on attitudes, behaviors, and experiences related to school and learning. School connectedness, developmental supports and opportunities, safety, violence and harassment, substance use, and physical and mental health are some of the key areas assessed by the survey.

The research-based assessment of factors that promote resilience and positive youth development is one of the surveys many unique benefits. Additionally, the CHKS can be customized by schools and districts to meet local needs. The survey includes a general, core set of questions, plus a series of supplementary modules covering specific topics. Schools can add questions of their own choosing or creation on other topics of local interest via a search feature that identifies questions previously used by other schools. The customizability of the CHKS allows schools and districts to receive relevant, useful knowledge tailored to their needs.

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is a companion tool to the California School Staff Survey (CSSS) and the California School Parent Survey (CSPS). Together they form the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey (Cal-SCHLS) System – a comprehensive set of integrated surveys designed to help schools meet the mandates and goals in the Obama administration’s blueprint for proposed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) released by the U.S. Department of Education in March 2010.

The El Segundo Unified School District will participate in the California Healthy Kids Survey during the month of November. The survey will be administered to students in grades 5, 7, 9, and 11. Notifications will be sent home over the next two weeks. Parents must provide active consent for students at the elementary level. Parents of students in middle school and high school may opt out, though we encourage everyone to participate in this anonymous survey.

We will administer only the core survey to students in 5th grade.Survey questions are attached below for your review.

We will administer the core survey, alcohol and other drugs survey, and school climate survey to students in grades 7, 9, and 11. Those surveys are attached for your review below.

Surveys for parents and staff will be made available in November, as well. 

Contact Executive Director of Human Resources Dr. Dylan Farris for more information; (310) 615-2650, ext 1510.
Contact Dylan Farris (310) 615-2650 ext 1510 dfarris@esusd.k12.ca.us