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 Amendment so that they can make an informed choice as to whether 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, surveys are administered on an "opt-out" basis which assumes that the student is permitted to complete the survey unless they specifically indicate that they would like their child excluded from any such survey. Notification 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 school 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:



    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 delivered to a small percentage of every traditional middle and high school:


    Additionally, beginning in 2018, the YSUS began to incorporate a series of items on risk perception and parent/peer disapproval as correlated with reported recent use. 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.


    Updated August 14, 2021: Complete information on this year's YSUS (including dates, a sample survey and opt-out form) is available at the following link:

    Information for Summer-Fall 2021 expected in early September, 2021


    Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS): asks students questions about their attitudes, beliefs and behaviors associated with the use of tobacco and the prevention thereof. This is delivered to a small group of students randomly selected across a small number of secondary schools throughout the State of North Carolina. 

    Information on Youth Tobacco Survey




    Youth Risk Behavior Survey: asks students for information about questions related to concerning or risky behavior. This is delivered to a small percentage of students 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 new surveys listed at this time (August 14, 2021).