Student Survey Seeks to Head off Problems Batavia Schools to Ask about Drug Use, Behavior

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How many hours a week to you spend doing homework? How do you view your relationship with your parents? Do you care about doing well in school? Have you had sex four or more times? Do you care about the feelings of others? How often have you used marijuana in the last 12 months? Do you ever come to class without paper and pencil?

The questions are from the Profiles of Student Life survey that might be filled out by Batavia sixth- through 12th-graders.

Batavia schools prevention coordinator Cara Heidgen hopes to use the answers to those questions and roughly 150 others to help kids steer clear of risky behavior.

"Hopefully it will create more awareness of how healthy our kids are," she said. "And to show what we're doing right and what we're doing wrong."

The Batavia school board needs to approve the survey. It will hear a presentation on the issue at an April 11 meeting.

Heidgen wants to use the survey, designed by the Search Institute of Minneapolis, to measure Batavia students' "assets."

"The more of them they have, the better, the healthier, they are," Heidgen said. …