Students who missed school due to feeling unsafe by age group and race

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Definitions: Percent of students identifying as either a racial ethnic minority or as white non-Hispanic who skipped school due to feeling unsafe on route to or at school during the past 30 days.

Data Source: Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). 

Footnotes: The Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a biennial, voluntary survey of students attending middle and high schools in Vermont. The survey seeks to monitor trends in student health and risk behaviors. The indicators as a whole reflect a broad definition of youth well-being. Not only do the indicators monitor behaviors associated with negative health and psychological outcomes, but they also measure "developmental assets" - internal resources and skills, as well as community, school, and other institutional supports. These assets foster the development of thriving young adults.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Prior to 2011, the survey was completed by students in grades 8-12. In 2011, the survey split into a high school survey (students in grades 9-12) and a middle school survey (students in grades 6-8).

2011 results for Caledonia and Essex Counties were combined due to sample size. In these counties combined, data for this indicator for students in grades 9 to 12 who identified as a racial or ethnic minority were suppressed due to small numbers. 4% of white non-Hispanic students in grades 9 to 12 in Caledonia and Essex counties reported skipping school due to feeling unsafe on route to or at school during the past 30 days. In grades 6 to 8, data for students who identified as a racial or ethnic minority were suppressed due to small numbers, and 7% of white non-Hispanic students reported skipping school due to feeling unsafe on route to or at school during the past 30 days.

2011 results for Franklin and Grand Isle Counties were combined due to sample size. In these counties combined, 11% of students in grades 9 to 12 who identified as a racial or ethnic minority reported skipping school due to feeling unsafe on route to or at school during the past 30 days compared to 5% of white non-Hispanic students. In grades 6 to 8, 10% of students who identified as a racial or ethnic minority reported skipping school due to feeling unsafe on route to or at school during the past 30 days compared to 6% of white non-Hispanic students.