THE JACKSON County School System will soon ask middle and high school students about their potential use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and bullying.
The Georgia Student Health Survey is an anonymous, statewide test created by the state department of education to look at drug, tobacco and alcohol use among middle and high school students. The survey will be given online to students the last week of October.
In Jackson County, the survey is given every other year to 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grade students and is the same survey given to students in previous years, according to superintendent Shannon Adams.
Completing the survey allows the school system to apply for grant funding for its Safe and Drug Free Schools program, he added.
The survey will ask students if and how frequently they use certain drugs and tobacco; how easily they could get drugs, alcohol or tobacco; at what age they started using drugs, alcohol or tobacco; and when and where their friends use drugs or alcohol.
It will also include questions about bullying, nutrition, other destructive behaviors, and education at school about alcohol, tobacco, drugs and other topics.
For more information, or to view a sample of the survey, visit www.jackson.k12.ga.us. Copies also available at school offices and media centers.