Healthy Kids Colorado Survey for PSD middle and high school students

Poudre School District is among more than 130 Colorado school districts that administer the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey in the fall of odd-numbered years. 

Developed by several statewide agencies, this important survey asks students about health topics including exercise; diet; alcohol, tobacco and drug use; mental health; suicide; bullying; sexual behavior; and how they have been or are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also asks students about school safety, trusted adult relationships, and other things known to relate to healthy choices. 

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Español - Healthy Kids Survey |  عربي - Healthy Kids Survey 

For the 2021-22 school year, the survey will be administered to students in all middle and high schools between Dec. 1 and Dec. 10. Families may contact their school to confirm their school’s survey date. Preschool and elementary students do not take the survey. 

Secondary students will receive the survey during class time. They may choose to answer only questions they feel comfortable answering and may skip any questions in the survey. The survey is anonymous, meaning student responses are kept private. No one will know individual student responses, and their responses cannot be tied to their student login or device in any way. PSD will be provided with aggregate data showing how district participants responded.  

Don’t want your student to take the survey? Parents must opt out by Nov. 29 if they do not want their students to participate. To opt out:  

  • Select Categories then all categories 
  • Click on the “Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS)” link (you can review copies of the survey) 
  • Click the green “Sign” button at the bottom of the screen 

Students not completing the survey will do schoolwork during the survey time. If you do not opt out, your student will be given a survey.  

We encourage parents/guardians to discuss the topic with their child and share views about participation. The following information may help with the decision-making process: 

  • Middle schoolers will take the censored version of the survey, because the content more closely aligns with the district’s Human Growth and Development curriculum. 


How PSD uses the information

Accurate information about how students say they are doing is more important than ever. PSD uses the aggregate survey results, along with other sources of information, to make instructional, staffing and budgetary decisions to support students and their educational and wellness needs.