SHARP Survey (SHARPS) - Opt Out Form


Please fill out the form below the sample email. Be sure you have the correct name and email of your school principal. The submit button will email you and the school a copy of the opt-out Assertion.

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I, [PARENT NAME], as a parent and/or legal guardian of [STUDENT NAME], a minor child, hereby exercise my right under the US. Constitution and laws of the State of Utah, to direct the upbringing and education of my minor child as follows:  

I DO NOT CONSENT to the “Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA).”

I DO NOT CONSENT to the “Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YBRS).”

I DO NOT CONSENT to my child’s participation in any opinion survey, personal analysis, evaluation, questionnaire or any other form of data collection that reveals or attempts to affect, or references or relates in any way to my child’s attitudes, habits, traits, opinions, beliefs or feelings concerning: curriculum, political affiliations, religious beliefs or practices; mental or psychological conditions; sexual behavior or attitudes, sexual activity, sexual orientation; gender identity; or illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior.

For the avoidance of doubt, my child is not allowed or permitted to partake in any survey, including curriculum centric and/or opinion in nature, without express, informed parental written consent. 

Please place a copy of this in my permanent file and notify all teachers of record. 

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                               (Parent or Guardian)

Dear Parent:

The Utah Board of Education; Department of Health; and Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health are conducting the seventh Student Health And Risk Prevention (SHARP) Survey. Your child’s class may be selected to participate in this survey. Students whose classes have been selected will be asked to complete ONE of the following two questionnaires: the Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey or the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) during February, March, or April 2023. The two questionnaires are described below.

Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey. The PNA survey measures alcohol, tobacco, and drug use; the factors that place students at risk for problem behaviors; the factors that protect students from problem behaviors; and basic demographics. The information gained from the survey will allow your school district and the State of Utah to continue to provide comprehensive prevention programs for our schools and children.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The YRBS survey measures alcohol, tobacco, and drug use; antisocial behaviors; health behaviors; school safety; and basic demographics. This survey is only administered to students in grades 9 through 12. Sixth through 8th graders are not eligible for the YRBS.

According to Utah law, students’ parents must give their permission before the student can participate in the survey. You need to be aware that:

(1) Your child’s participation is completely voluntary and confidential.

(2) If your child does not participate, they will not be penalized or lose any school benefits to which they are otherwise entitled.

(3) Your child may discontinue the survey or skip any or all questions on the survey without penalty or loss of any school benefits to which he or she is otherwise entitled.

The surveys are being administered by your school district during one class period and will take about 45 minutes to complete. All responses will be completely anonymous and confidential. Results will be reported for groups of students; because the survey is anonymous, responses cannot be linked to any individual student. Additionally, the anonymous survey data may be shared with respected researchers in the United States to aid in prevention planning.

If you have any questions or would like to review copies of the surveys, please ask a school official at your child’s school or visit the following web link: Batch Harrison Survey Forms.  A copy of each survey is available for your review in the school office, or an electronic copy can be emailed, mailed, or faxed to you (see contact information following). For additional information about the survey, contact SHARP Contact Ryan Carrier (801-889-8710/ at the Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. If you have any concerns or questions about your student’s rights as a participant in this survey, you may contact Frank Rees or Bruce Larsen, State Department of Human Services Institutional Review Board Chairpersons, at 801-344-4203/801-864-6359.

For the survey results to be accurate, it is important that all students are given an opportunity to participate in the survey, whether or not they have ever used tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs or engaged in problem behavior. Please indicate whether or not you want your child to participate in the survey. Thank you for your help on this important project.

What are Surveys?

  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) categorizes every student as“at-risk” of needing behavioral intervention.
  • Allows schools to use surveys as a way to collect mental health data on students.
  • Allows schools to conduct mental health evaluations on every student.
  • Data is stored and used to create psychological profiles for each student.
    Data is monitored and continuously updated creating a permanent profile of your child.

Why Surveys?

Surveys use leading questions to gain access to student’s attitudes, beliefs, and values on subjective and divisive issues such as race, biases, gender ideology, and identity issues.
The surveys are used as a way to continue the goal of creating a “social justice” culture in schools and continue policies that lower academic achievement.

What do they do with the data?

  • All mental health data collected is interpreted through an “Equity Lens’’ that believes America is racist and oppressive.
  • Data generates individual scores based on conformity to the social justice belief system.


  • President Obama’s Education Race to the Top program awarded over $4 billion to states agreeing to build or improve Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) that store psychological profiles of students.
  • SLDS are continuously offered grants and incentives to expand their systems & capabilities.
  • Statewide systems can eventually link nationally and then globally.
  • Similar to Social Credit Scores in China
  • Data will not only impact their education but in the near future will likely have a life-altering impact when they enter postsecondary education, the workforce, the military, exercise their constitutional rights, etc.

What about


  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was originally a stron bill that blocked any school from disclosing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from a student’s educational records to any non-school official without parental notification or consent.
  • In 2008 and 2009 the bill was amended and consequently left useless by allowing schools to share data with third party companies and organizations
  • Medical and counseling records included in your child’s education records are not protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).
  • The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) protects students from having to reveal personal information without parental consent IF it is required, funded by the federal government and collects data such as political affiliations and religious beliefs.
  • Most surveys given to students are NOT required and therefore are not protected by PPRA.
  • Schools are only required to notify parents of a survey being given and allow parents to opt their children out.
  • Schools often slip this information in with multiple forms or handbooks in the beginning of the year to meet federal requirements and often goes unnoticed by parents.
    PPRA gives you the right to stop the data mining of your child but YOU must enforce it.
  • Surveys (be they in our outside of the classroom) are leading and ask biased queries.
  • Collected data is interpreted through an “equity lens” of systemic racism and oppression producing biased results.
  • The cycle of indoctrination continues based on biased results.
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