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Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey (OHYES!) registration open for academic year 2020-2021

3/22/2021

With the return of in-person education, districts and schools have an opportunity to assess the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the lives of students. To support Ohio school districts in understanding the needs of middle and high school students, the Ohio departments of Education, Health and Mental Health and Addiction Services are pleased to offer districts the Ohio Healthy Youth Environments Survey (OHYES!) at no cost to gain information to best serve their students.

On Friday, March 19, superintendents received an invitation to participate in OHYES! this academic year. This web-based survey can be given to any grade levels from 7-12 and takes approximately 30 minutes for students to complete in school. The resulting data will be valuable in supporting and guiding districts’ continuous improvement and whole child plans, including use of Student Wellness and Success funding.

The following are testimonials on the impact the OHYES! is having on increasing community partnerships and supporting the needs of the whole child in two Ohio Districts.

“The OHYES! Survey has provided our district with specific social-emotional health data on our students in grades 7-12. We use this data to inform our practices, make staffing decisions and better understand our students and the dynamics of their lives. There is nothing more important than making sure we can serve our students in all aspects of their lives, and it is impossible to do that without knowing where they are and what they are doing,” Superintendent Trevor Thomas, Heath City Schools.

"Our partnership with Impact Prevention has been a valuable resource in servicing our students. Their expertise and resources have helped us go beyond academic instruction to address the needs of the "whole child." Impact Prevention and our district have jointly participated in OHYES! to identify the needs and trends of our students. This program has provided relevant data concerning student safety, social and emotional needs, drug abuse and bullying. Our IMPACT Youth-Led Prevention group uses this student survey data to help bring about positive changes within our schools and community. We are also forming relationships with other agencies and stakeholders to tackle these diverse student issues. We are increasing our collaboration and communication with behavior health professionals, health departments, law enforcement and family services. We believe this increased awareness and team effort will make a big difference in the outcome of many students' lives throughout our district," Superintendent Mark Christian, South Point Local Schools.

To register for OHYES!, visit the survey website. 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. Districts can use these FAQs to help them decide if OHYES! is right for them and learn more from this YouTube video.

Questions about the survey can be directed to OHYES! Administrator, Dr. Lara Belliston, at info@ohyes.ohio.gov.