Our school will be participating in the 2016-2017 COMPASS Survey. Researchers from the University of Waterloo will ask students to complete a 35-minute questionnaire about healthy eating, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, smoking, alcohol and marijuana-use, and bullying. The survey is confidential and no names are written on the surveys. This means that the name of your child will not be linked with their survey responses. The surveys will be stored at the University of Waterloo and only research staff will have access to the completed surveys. The survey responses will help researchers gather details about youth health, and this information will be shared with our school to help improve school policies and practices related to health. Both the school board and our school have given approval to conduct the study. The survey has been repeated once each year for the past four years, following the same students. This survey has been reviewed by, and has received ethics clearance from the University of Waterloo's Office of Research Ethics. There are no known or anticipated risks to participation in this survey.
On November 30, students in grades 9 to 12 with parental permission, and who themselves agree to participate, will be asked to take part in the survey. Students are free to withdraw from the survey at any time, without penalty.
If you do not wish your child to participate, please call the COMPASS Data Collection Coordinator, Rachel Reel, at 1-844-819-8388 or contact Dan Howard (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the school office by November 30. Consent will be assumed unless you notify us otherwise.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child's participation, you may the Chief Ethics Officer, Office of Research Ethics, at 1-519-888-4567, Ext. 36005 or email@example.com
To view a copy of the survey questions or for more information about the COMPASS project, please visit www.compass.uwaterloo.ca
Please note that in cases where researchers believe that a student may need protection from harm, researchers must by law report this information to authorities.