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Register for OHYES! Survey by April 16

Dear Superintendent:
Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, emphasizes the importance of meeting the needs of the whole child to ensure each student is healthy, safe, supported, challenged, prepared and empowered to reach his or her full potential. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted day-to-day functioning in both large and small ways for people of all ages across the world. It is important that schools and communities have as much information as possible to make meaningful connections with students and plan new ways to address student needs and challenges. To support Ohio’s districts in understanding the needs of middle and high school students, the Ohio Departments of Education and Mental Health and Addiction Services are pleased to offer school districts the opportunity to implement the Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey (OHYES!) at no cost to schools. OHYES! is a free, voluntary, web-based survey designed to collect and provide information schools and communities can use to address the needs of students. Districts that have used the OHYES! Survey have found the data generated to be valuable in supporting Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and school culture and climate goals. The data can inform prevention education and mental health support plans and the use of Student Wellness and Success funds. Additionally, these data can be helpful as you partner with local mental health and health organizations to help plan and implement practices to improve the health of students in your district. Students in grades 7-12 may participate in OHYES! this academic year. The survey takes 30-35 minutes to administer, including logging in, providing directions and students completing the survey. Schools often find non-instructional times during the day to administer the survey, minimizing disruptions to classes. Superintendents and principals decide which of two versions of the survey they want to administer, when the survey is administered, and which grades to survey. We recommend schools survey all students in grades 7, 9 and 11. Survey administration procedures have been designed to protect student privacy and guarantee anonymity. Supporting materials are provided to notify parents and assist with administering the survey. The last day to register to participate this academic year is April 16. The survey must be completed by the student in person in the school building by May 21. To learn more about OHYES! and decide if it is right for your district or school, please visit the OHYES! website or watch this YouTube video. To register, visit the OHYES! website, click on the green registration button and fill out the contact form. It is anticipated results will be available in late August. District and school-level results are available only to superintendents and principals. County summary data will be available on the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ website if two or more districts in a county participate. We realize many administrators may have specific questions about administering the OHYES! survey during COVID-19. The FAQs for this year, standard 110-item survey and optional 119-item version are available on the OHYES! website. We strongly encourage you to be part of this valuable experience and benefit from important information that can help you support your students. We have no doubt that you will find it helpful to your work. If you have questions about the survey, contact OHYES! Administrator Dr. Lara Belliston at info@ohyes.ohio.gov. Sincerely,
Paolo DeMaria Superintendent of Public Instruction Ohio Department of Education
Lori Criss Director Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
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