PA Youth Survey

Dear Parents or Guardians,

On October 25, 2021, our school district will once again take part in the 2021 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.  The survey will be administered to all 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders.  Questions pertain to topics such as school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse.  This year the survey will be administered online during school. 

The information we receive will assist us and our community partners in working to prevent adolescent drug use and other problem behaviors. We want to ensure that all parents and caregivers are notified that the survey is being conducted and provide you with as much information about the survey as possible.  Parents/guardians have the right to have your child opt-out of this survey, should you so choose.  The following facts about the survey will help you make an informed decision about your child’s participation:

Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. Students will be instructed by their proctor that they can skip any questions they do not understand or choose not to answer. If they have any questions or concerns after taking this survey, they are instructed to talk with their school counselor or a trusted adult.

The survey is designed to protect each student’s privacy. It is anonymous and confidential. Students will not put their names on the survey, and no student will ever have their individual responses reported. 

The survey is well tested, having been administered to over 1,000,000 Pennsylvania students since the 1990s. The information collected has proved invaluable to prevention planners in selecting programming to promote healthy youth development.

You can request a list of the survey questions.  For more information about the survey, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit  PA Youth Survey then click on “2021.”

The survey will be administered during the school day on October 25th and will take one class period to complete.  If you do not want your child to participate, please submit your request in writing to:
Mr. Kyle Worrell, for students in grades 6 and 8
Ms. Martina Walls, for students in grades 10 and 12

Thank you for your help in our efforts to keep our schools, and our community drug-free, and safe for learning. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Le Roy G. Whitehead, Ed. D.
Assistant Superintendent

Previous Survey Information

• Below, please find the presentation to the school board about the PAYS Survey as it relates to the Phoenixville Area School District.

• Below, please find the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) Summary Report for Phoenixville Area School District.  The PAYS Summary Report offers a unique community-level profile of the underlying factors that contribute to, and protect against, substance abuse and delinquent behaviors among your community's youth.

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