Child Welfare & Attendance Department
California Healthy Kids Survey
The Ceres Unified School District administered the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) in the 2012-2013 school year. We wish to thank all the school staff, teachers, parents, and students who participated in the survey for their commitment, time, and effort.
The CHKS is a service provided by the California Department of Education (CDE) to districts that want to collect information on the health risks and resilience of their students. This report provides a summary of the survey's purpose and key findings relating to substance use, violence and safety. While it is essential to identify and address student problems, it is equally important that we do not lose sight of the positive behaviors and attitudes of most youth. The CHKS provides the data to do this. This report summarizes the results for key indicators of risk and well-being. The complete survey results are available in the district's Technical Report below.
The “CHKS Goals” at the end of this document provides the reasons why the district administered the survey. The most important reason is the monitoring of progress toward promoting youth well-being and school success. Schools increasingly need—and are often required—to find out what problems their students face and to put in place programs to address them. This is an essential part of efforts to improve student academic performance and positive youth development.
More specifically, the survey meets the requirements of the federal Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) and contains eleven performance indicators that the California Department of Education has identified for schools to monitor in meeting the Act's goals of reducing substance use and violence by youth, as required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The results for these Performance Indicators are summarized in Tables 2 and 3.