COVID-19 Student Survey
In March 2021, the COVID-19 Student Survey, was administered throughout the state of Washington to students in grades 6 to 12.
This anonymous, and voluntary survey was created as a needs assessment to help capture the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hope was that the results would help school leaders in their planning and student support programming (particularly for Fall 2021).
The survey was funded and supported by the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) and implemented by a team at the University of Washington (UW), with further partnership around content, design and distribution from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).
Frequently Asked Questions
- Various topics were covered on the survey including:
- Demographic information, such as grade level, gender, sexual orientation and race/ ethnicity
- Thoughts and feelings pertaining to school during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Mental and physical health
- Attitudes towards and use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs
- COVID-19 precautions
- Social connectiveness; support from peers and adults
Students in grades 6 to 12 across Washington State. The decision to participate in the survey was left up to each school. All students in eligible grades were invited to participate but that does not mean that every student did.
The survey was completely anonymous. Students did not put their names on the survey. There were no codes or information to match a survey to a student.
Students who took the survey were informed that they could any skip question, stop taking the survey at any time or not take the survey at all. There was no penalty for not taking part in the survey.
The survey was administered all online and could be done in a school building or from home for students participating in remote learning.
Teachers, school leaders, parents, community partners and policy leaders can use the results to help understand how to meet the needs of the youth in the state.
Building level reports were sent to principals and superintendents in June 2021. If a principal or superintendent needs an additional copy of their results, please contact Emily Maughan. School level results will only be sent to the school principal and district superintendent. School district superintendent’s may share the results with others in their district whom they choose to, but in order to maintain the security of the data, COVID-19 Student Survey administrators do not have the ability to and will not share the results with anyone but the principal and superintendent.
If local community partners, or coalitions want access to the data they should get written permission from the school district superintendent to access it.
All Statewide results for the Survey can be found on this page.
- Worries about the Impact of COVID-19 – Middle School Students
- Worries about the Impact of COVID-19 – High School Students
- Mental Health & Substance Use- Middle School Students
- Mental Health & Substance Use- High School Students
- School Experiences- Middle School Students
- School Experiences- High School Students
The decision to participate in this survey was left up to each school. All students in eligible grades were invited to participate, but that does not mean that every student did. Therefore, this is a convenience sample and is not intended to be generalizable to the state population. Reported survey findings represent only the students who took the survey.
- Early Results From COVID-19 Student Survey Reveal Students’ Worries and Hopes Amid Pandemic (Survey Press Release- June 29, 2021)
- Alignment of AWSP Leadership Framework and the COVID-19 Student Survey
- If you Need Some Help (Resource guide given to all students as they finished the survey)