Trustees approve survey for students

North Okanagan-Shuswap students will participate in a health survey.

Trustees haven given approval to the 2013 adolescent health survey by the McCreary Centre Society, conditional on parents being given notification.

“The survey provides terribly valuable information,” said trustee Holly Overgaard, who works in the health care sector.

The adolescent health survey is a questionnaire used to gather information about youth health in B.C.

The AHS is conducted by the McCreary Centre Society in collaboration with the provincial government and public health system, and with the co-operation of B.C.’s school districts.

To date, more than 100,000 students have participated in the survey since 1992.

Superintendent Dave Witt says the local district has taken part in the survey three times, most recently in 2008.

Survey results are used by schools, communities, government agencies and health professionals in planning youth programs and services.

Overgaard commented that it is often hard to gather the type of information in the survey, but the way the McCreary group does the survey, it is age-appropriate and they receive valid, honest responses that have proven very useful for planning the types of supports needed in a region.


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