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The board of education recognizes surveys can be a valuable resource for schools and communities in determining student needs for educational services.  Such collection of input from students and parents may be used to assist school staff in decision-making related to curriculum and instruction and in program development and operations.  To this end, the board supports the use of appropriate surveys in accordance with the guidelines contained in these regulations.


Administrators, teachers, other staff members, and the board of education may use surveys for many purposes, which may include, but are not limited to, the need for student services, the determination of prevailing views pertaining to proposed policies and/or practices, or the determination of student knowledge and/or attitudes related to a specific subject or unit.  These are examples of surveys and not intended to be an all-inclusive listing.  Administrative approval is required for surveys.  Responses will not be used in any identifying manner.


Surveys used in any experimental program or research project will be subject to the requirements outlined in policy found elsewhere in this manual.  (See GVA-P.)  Parents shall have the right to inspect all instructional material that will be used for a survey, analysis, or evaluation as part of a federal program.


Prior to administering a survey, the board of education must approve all those that are received by the superintendent that include reference to any of the factors listed below.  No student may, without prior parental consent, take part in a survey, analysis, or evaluation in which the primary purpose is to reveal information concerning:


   1.       Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent;


   2.       Mental and psychological problems of the student or the student's family;


   3.       Sex behavior and attitudes;


   4.       Illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating, and demeaning behavior;


   5.       Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom students have close family relationships;


   6.       Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as f lawyers, physicians, or ministers; or


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


   8.       Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent.


Prior consent to any such survey, analysis, or evaluation means the prior written consent of the student's parent or guardian or, if the student is emancipated, of the student.


Surveys conducted for other agencies, organizations, or individuals must have the recommendation of the superintend­ent of schools and the approval of the board of education as to content and purpose.  The results of such approved surveys must be shared with the board of education.






Parents/guardians shall have the right to inspect, upon their request, a survey created by a third party before the survey is administered or distributed by a school to a student.  Such requests shall be made in writing with a response to be at least two weeks in advance of any survey to be given.


Overall survey results following decisions must be shared with all parties who request such information.


Parents/guardians shall be notified at least annually, at the beginning of the school year, of this policy and when enrolling students for the first time in district schools.  This notification must explain that parent/guardians, or students 18 or older, have the right to “opt the student out of participation,” in writing, in the following activities:


   1.       The collection, disclosure, and use of personal information gathered from students for the purpose of marketing or selling that information.  This does not apply to the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to students, such as:


             A.   College or other postsecondary education recruitment, or military recruitment;


             B.   Book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products;


             C.   Curriculum and instructional materials used in schools;


             D.   Tests and assessments;


             E.   Student recognition programs; and


              F.   The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related activities.


   2.       The administration of any survey that delves into the restricted sensitive subject areas identified and listed above; or


   3.       The administration of any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening that is required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school not necessary to protect the immediate health or safety of the student or other students and not otherwise permitted or required by state law.


Parents/guardians of a student shall also have the right to inspect, upon request, any instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.




The term “survey” includes an evaluation.


The term “invasive physical examination” means any medical examination that involves the exposure of private body parts, or any act during such examination that includes incision, insertion, or injection into the body, but does not include a hearing, vision, or scoliosis screening.







The term “personal information” means individually identifiable information, include a student’s or parent’s name, address, telephone number, or social security number.


The term “instructional material” means instructional content that is provided to a student, regardless of format.  It does not include tests or academic assessments.


These terms do not include ordinary classroom activities or teaching techniques.


These rights transfer from the parent to a student who is eighteen (18) years of age or an emancipated minor.


Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington D.C.  20202-8520,