Boise School District is administering a youth mental health survey to all students in junior high and high school English classes on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4, 2022.
The District sent out a one-line email to parents that read,
“The following survey will be given November 3rd in English classes. Please see the attached information. Communities for Youth Survey“Advertisement
The only way parents are able to opt their children out is through the link in the email. The link does not show the questions to parents.
The survey originates from an organization called Communities For Youth. The organization’s website says,
“We empower Idaho communities by connecting parents, schools, and kids with the capacity to recognize and address youth mental health so that all may thrive.”Advertisement
According to the site, Communities For Youth partners with Boise State University, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
The cover page of the survey explains that,
“This assessment is being conducted by Dr. Megan L. Smith, PhD who works for the School of Public Health and Population Science at Boise State University.”Advertisement
Heidi Pearson, a parent with a 12th grader at Capital High School, asked Communities For Youth for a copy of the survey and for further explanation on the purpose of the survey. Megan Smith and Matt Isbell responded saying,
“Our goal is to collect information on the risk and protective factors known to impact youth mental health and then create a community response based on the unique needs of your school community.”
The email reply to Pearson did include a link to review all the survey questions.
These images show some of the questions that are included in the survey being administered to 6th through 12th graders:
The entirety of the survey can be found here: Online Survey
Idaho Dispatch inquired about the survey with Todd Driver, Director of Content and Curriculum in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction within the Idaho Department of Education. He responded,
“We have no association with the survey or the process. This is a survey conducted by Boise School District. Idaho is a local control state. Most authority lies with the elected local board of trustees. Contact Boise School District if you have further questions.”
Pearson has a strong objection to the survey and had this to say,
“When I saw this “survey” that is being imposed on our children, complete DISGUST and INDIGNATION is an understatement. What do questions regarding gender, romantic interests, thoughts of suicide, sexual intercourse, depression, and questions about Covid-19 have to do with academics?!! The word NOTHING comes to mind. Last time I checked God made Adam and Eve, (male & female) end of discussion.
WAKE UP PARENTS – this garbage is being fed to our kids right under our noses, and it is insanely WRONG!!”
David of the Idaho Dispatch contributed to this article.
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