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2023-2024 PAYS Survey

Wyoming Valley West Students in Grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 will once again be participating in the PAYS Survey (Pennsylvania Youth Survey).  The survey will be administered to Middle School Students on November 16th and High School Students on November 14th in their Social Studies Classes.      

The Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) is a biennial survey of youth in the 6th, 8th, 10th,and 12th grades. PAYS asks questions about students’ perspectives of their school environment, attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors concerning mental health, alcohol, tobacco, other drugs (ATOD), violence, and other health risk behaviors. The survey also collects information about risk factors, which are the conditions that increase the likelihood that a child will develop problem behaviors later in life. It also collects information about protective factors – people or conditions in a community that can buffer youth from risk.

Information on PAYS (FAQ’s) and Parental Opt out instructions are below.  (PAYS FAQ’s)


Parental Opt-out Letter