Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)


    As you may recall, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was originally scheduled to be administered in early February.  We will be conducting the YRBS at your child’s school the week of March 21.  If you have already opted your student out of participating in the YRBS, you do not need to opt out again – your student already is opted out.  Any parents that had not previously opted their student out of the YRBS may contact Dr. Shawn Hughes at if they wish to opt-out their child.

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  • Every two years, school districts across Virginia participate in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) from the Center for Disease Control. Roanoke County Public Schools administers this anonymous survey in partnership with the Roanoke County Prevention Council to students in grades 6-12 in February of even-numbered years. The YRBS is an important tool for understanding health needs, attitudes, and behavioral trends of students and assists us in providing programs to better meet student needs. 

    Survey questions are focused on topics that could be indicative of behaviors and attitudes that put students at risk. Topics include eating and health habits, safe driving, physical exercise, depression, bullying, self-injury, drug and alcohol, and social media use. The YRBS for grades 9-12 also includes questions about sexual behaviors. Responses to the YRBS are completely anonymous and in no way linked to individual students. RCPS works with researchers at Virginia Tech to process the anonymous data and produce general statistical information to guide school and community programming for students and parents as well as for research purposes.

    Student participation is voluntary. In order to provide greater access to parents, copies of the YRBS questions are available for parental review on this page. If you do not want your child to participate in the YRBS, please notify Dr. Shawn Hughes, Director of School Counseling. You may email Dr. Hughes at  Please include your child’s name, school, and grade level.