Public shows support for SHARP survey, but State Board of Education won’t fully commit – St George News

by | Oct 22, 2022 | Education

ST. GEORGE — Despite public support for the Student Health Risk Prevention survey, the Utah State Board of Education is not fully convinced the results are 100% credible.
Four hours of meetings in Salt Lake City did, however, result in an amended “letter of information” about the SHARP survey to be sent out to parents and local education agencies. This included reformatting the letter to include terminology and topics to be included in the survey.
Students in grades six and eight, as well as high school sophomores and seniors, are administered the survey every two years. The results reveal trends about mental health, drug use, alcohol use, and more.
In-person and online public comments came from several Utahns during two days of meetings in Salt Lake City, many of whom expressed full support of the SHARP survey. This included Debra Cole, who appeared in person.
“This is a time we need the information from the SHARP survey so we can do crisis prevention and do more than just crisis response,” Cole said.
Debra Cole gives her comments in support of the SHARP survey before the Utah State Board of Education, Oct. 6, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Utah State Board of …

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