Rather than dip into instructional time, Board of Education members decided recently to refuse a request by state health officials to survey randomly selected city high school students.
“We’re fighting for every minute we can get” of classroom time, said Chris Wilson, a school board member.
“We do need to preserve all the instructional time we can,” said Susan Moreau, the deputy superintendent of schools.
The health survey request sought to have at least a handful of classes at the two high schools take about 45 minutes each to answer a number of questions about health-related issues.
the Connecticut School Health Survey randomly selects schools across the state to query about issues ranging from tobacco use to diet. There are many issues that have been investigated through the surveys over the years.
One part of the survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, quizzed a little more than 2,000 anonymous students at 46 public high schools in 2007, with 78 percent of the schools chosen participating in the effort.
Moreau said that Bristol seems to get picked a lot for a supposedly random survey. It has done them before, she said.
Both the principals of Bristol Central High School and Bristol Eastern High School said they agreed that the survey takes away too much time from students.
Martin Semmel, the principal at Central, said he didn’t want to get into a situation where one algebra class was taking the test and another was moving forward with its studies.
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