SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – It’s called the SHARP survey and it asks about risk factors like asthma, diet, and tobacco use. This year it will also ask about gender orientation and sexual preference in an effort to tackle the growing youth suicide rate in our state.
Officials say parents have reported concerns about the content, even threatening to refuse to participate until the questions are removed.
Educators maintain that the survey and the questions are vital to getting a useful view of the health of students in our state.
The SHARP survey data is used regularly to create prevention programs and to direct state education funding. If participation is below 60%, the data collected will not be viable and will be discarded.
The survey is voluntary and totally anonymous; parents looking to learn more can do so via the Department of Health and your local school administration.