Survey prompts complaints by Missouri parents

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) _ Following complaints from parents, Cape Girardeau school officials say they’re taking steps to ensure staff follows a district policy governing student surveys.

Earlier this month, seventh- and eighth-graders at Cape Central Junior High were given a survey that asked questions about sexual orientation, sexual activity, drug use and illegal activities.

Students answered the questions anonymously, but after parents complained and staff reviewed the survey, the district asked EPIC, or Early Prevention Impacts Community, to erase the responses.

School board president Kyle McDonald tells the Southeast Missourian that the district has a policy that wasn’t followed that requires parental permission on surveys like EPIC’s. Superintendent Jim Welker says that parents will be notified in the future of such surveys.

EPIC said the junior high school has distributed the survey before.

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