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§ 7-420. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey

West's Annotated Code of MarylandEducationEffective: July 1, 2021

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Education (Refs & Annos)
Division II. Elementary and Secondary Education [Titles 2-9.5] (Refs & Annos)
Title 7. Public Schools (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 4. Health and Safety of Students (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2021
MD Code, Education, § 7-420
§ 7-420. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey
Administration of survey
(a) The Department, in coordination with the Maryland Department of Health, shall establish procedures for the administration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Survey/Youth Tobacco Survey to public middle school and high school students in the State.
Omission of questions
(b) The Department, in coordination with the Maryland Department of Health:
(1) May omit up to a maximum of one-third of the survey questions if the Department considers the content of the questions inappropriate; and
(2) Shall include in the survey at least five questions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Survey on adverse childhood experiences or positive childhood experiences.
Parental consent to survey
(c)(1) The Department, in coordination with the Maryland Department of Health, shall require a local school system to utilize passive parental consent before administering the survey.
(2) The local school system shall provide each parent with:
(i) A statement that:
1. Notifies the parent that:
A. The survey is confidential;
B. The answers will be kept private;
C. The student's name will not be required on the survey response sheet; and
D. The survey is designed to identify risk behaviors that may include safety behaviors such as use of helmets and seat belts, depression and mental health, use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs, nutrition and physical activity, and sexual behavior; and
2. Explains how a parent can obtain a copy of the survey questions that will be administered and more information regarding the survey, including the mailing address, telephone number, and website address of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and
(ii) Subject to subsection (d) of this section, a denial of permission form that may be returned by the parent to the school.
Denial of permission form
(d)(1) For the academic year during which the survey will be conducted, the denial of permission form shall be a part of the request for emergency contact information that is distributed by the public school to each student or parent or guardian of the student.
(2) The denial of permission form shall be distributed only to a student or the parent or guardian of a student who may be subject to the survey administered under this section.

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Added by Acts 2004, c. 331, § 1, eff. July 1, 2004. Amended by Acts 2007, c. 306, § 1, eff. July 1, 2007; Acts 2008, c. 404, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2008; Acts 2008, c. 405, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2008; Acts 2013, c. 43, § 5; Acts 2021, c. 569, § 1, eff. July 1, 2021; Acts 2021, c. 570, § 1, eff. July 1, 2021.
MD Code, Education, § 7-420, MD EDUC § 7-420
Current through legislation effective through May 16, 2022, from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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