Kennewick students will be surveyed this week about how safe they feel at school.
Lorraine Cooper, spokeswoman for the Kennewick School District, said the survey is part of the district's effort to make kids feel safe at school and address behavior such as bullying.
"We're just trying to pinpoint the student's perspective," Cooper told the Herald.
Students in fifth, seventh, ninth and eleventh grades will be given questionnaires asking what kind of unsafe behaviors they have witnessed, as well as where and when, according to information provided by the district.
Cooper said the district will conduct and process the survey in-house, keeping costs minimal, but she did not provide a price tag for the survey. Results are expected after April 6.
Cooper said the district has conducted the state-mandated Healthy Students survey every other year. However, that survey is focused on behavior such as drug and alcohol abuse.
The new survey will establish a baseline for how students feel while on school grounds. Cooper said the district is aiming for 90 percent of students to feel secure while at school.
Additionally, the survey will help school principals address specific problems in their schools and identify training needs for school staff.
"This is just a little bit more helpful to us," Cooper said.
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