Minnesota Student Survey Information: Opt-out extended to May 20

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Duluth Public Schools is asking students in grades 5, 8, 9 and 11 to participate in the 2022 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS). Federal law requires us to notify parents of this school activity. The MSS is conducted in schools across our state every three years. 

Questions on the survey include many topics relating to young people’s lives. The survey asks about how well school is going, future plans, out-of-school activities, physical and mental health, relationships, substance use and more. High school students are also asked about sexual behavior. This information about their thoughts and behaviors helps communities and schools develop effective programs and provide better services. 

This survey is anonymous. To prevent individuals or families from being identified, students do not provide their names, student identification numbers, or other personal information. 

This survey is voluntary. Students will be informed that they may decline to take any part of the survey or the whole survey. You may also choose to have your child not take the survey by completing and returning the form below. 

Dates the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) will be administered: 

  • Elementary Schools (Grade 5): June 6 - 9
  • Middle Schools (Grade 8): May 30 - June 9
  • High Schools (Grades 9 & 11): May 23 - 27 

If you have questions about the survey or would like to review a copy in advance, please contact: 

Dr. Tawnyea Lake 
218.336.8700 x1027 


If you do not want your child to take the Minnesota Student Survey, please return this form by no later than May 20, 2022. You may do so by email (tawnyea.lake@isd709.org) or by U.S. mail (Duluth Public Schools, Attention: Tawnyea Lake, 4316 Rice Lake Road, Suite 108, Duluth, MN 55811).

Find the 2022 MSS Consent Notice to Parents and Opt-Out Form at https://bit.ly/39HnU0Y