Surveys in Protected Areas


    Cabarrus County Schools Policy 4720 requires that parents are provided with the opportunity to review surveys that asks students about "protected topics" as defined by the Protection of Pupil Rights Ammendment so that they can make an informed choice as to whether or not their child will participate in any such survey, analysis or evaluation.

    The protected topics are any items that ask:

    1. political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student's parent

    2. mental or psychological problems of the student or the student's family

    3. sex behavior and attitudes

    4. illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior

    5. critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships

    6. legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians and ministers

    7. religious practices, affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student's parent

    8. income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program)


    Frequently,surverys are administered on an "opt-out" basis which assumes that the student is permitted to complete the survey unless they specfiically indicate that they would like their child excluded from any such survey. Notificaiton of surveys may include ConnectEd calls and emails, updates to the class/school/district web-page, forms sent home to parents, etc.

    Parents have the right to review the surveys at the beginning of the shcool year and prior to the administration of a survey. Generally, parents can come to a school site and review the survey or request access in advance to review the survey on a time limited basis.

    Some surveys and predictable schedules include:

    Fall Surveys


    Taking Responsbile Action in Life Survey (TRAIL): asks studnets questions about decision making, social media, sexual health, goal setting and pregnancy prevention and has been revised to reflect parent concerns raised in Fall, 2017. In 2018-19 only students in eleventh grade who were a part of the original study will be surveyed.

    Revised Trail Survey

     UPDATE OCTOBER 29, 2019: The TRAIL Survey is complete for the 5-year program. No further sureys will be delivered by this program.

    Youth Substance Use Survey: asks students for information about their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs (or the prevention thereof). This is delviered to a small percentage of every traditional middle and high school:


     UPDATED SEPTEMBER 7, 2018: Items related to youth perceptions of risk, parental disapproval, peer disapproval and 30 day use added.

    Additionally, in 2018, the YSUS will incorporate a series of items on risk perception and parent/peer disapproval as correlated with reported recent use. While not formatted in the final version the questions will be extracted from the survey listed HERE. The Cabarrus Health Alliance facilitates our local Drug Free Communities Project and these questions are requirements of this program's ongoing support to Cabarrus County Schools' students and families. More information on drug free communities can be found HERE.

    END OF SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 Update

     UPDATED DECEMBER 31, 2018: The timing of the survey has been changed to the second semester.


    UPDATED MARCH, 2019: Complete information on this year's YSUS (inlcuding dates, a smaple survey and opt-out form) is availalbe at the following link:


    Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS): asks studnets questions about their attitudes, beliefs and behaviors associated with the use of tobacco and the prevention thereof. This is delviered to a small group of students reandlomly selected across a small number of secondary schools throughout the State of North Carolina. Addiitonal items related to drug prevention as part of the Drug Free Coaltiion grant project will be added beginning in 2018-19.

    Information on Youth Tobacco Survey


    UPDATE OCTOBER 29, 2019: The YTS will be conducted in a small number of classrooms at Central Cabarrus High School, Harris Road Middle School, and Cabarrus Early College of Technology. The survey is anticipated to be completed during late November through early December.



    Spring Surveys

    Youth Risk Behavior Survey: asks students for information about questions related to concerning or risky behavior. This is delivred to a small percentage of sutdnets at one to three school sites selected by the Center for Disease Control and the Department of Public Instruction.

    Information on Youth Risk Behavior Survey


    Situational Surveys

    Some intervention programs ask students to complete a pre and post test. These are listed below:

    No surveys listed at this time (August 17, 2018).