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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-7570 or send Start Printed Page 9920comments to Kimberly Lane, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an email to

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

School Health Policies and Practices Study (formerly titled School Health Policies and Programs Study, OMB No. 0920-0445, exp. 9/30/2012)—Reinstatement with Change—Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

A limited number of preventable behaviors, usually established during youth and often extended into adulthood, contribute substantially to the leading causes of mortality and morbidity during youth and adulthood. These risk behaviors include those that result in unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to HIV infection, other STDs, and unintended pregnancies; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity.

School-based instruction on health topics offers the most systematic and efficient means of enabling youth people to avoid the health risk behaviors that lead to mortality and morbidity. CDC has previously examined the role schools play in addressing health risk behaviors through the School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS, OMB NO. 0920-0445), a series of data collections conducted at the state, district, school, and classroom levels in 1994 (OMB No. 0920-0340, exp. 1/31/1995), 2000 (OMB No. 0920-0445, exp. 10/31/2002), 2006 (OMB No. 0920-0445, exp. 11/30/2008), and 2012 (OMB No. 0920-0445, exp. 9/30/2012).

CDC plans to reinstate data collection in 2014 and 2016 with changes. SHPPS will assess the characteristics of eight components of school health programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels: health education, physical education, health services, mental health and social services, nutrition services, healthy and safe school environment, faculty and staff health promotion, and family and community involvement. This data collection will take place at the school- and classroom-levels in 2014 and at the district level in 2016. The school- and classroom-level data collection proposed for 2014 was approved for 2012 but was not conducted because of insufficient funds.

Sixteen questionnaires will be used: seven at the district level, seven at the school level and two at the classroom level. The school- and classroom-level questionnaires will be identical to those approved for data collection in 2012. The district-level questionnaires will include minor modifications to the 2012 questionnaires. For example, question wording will be revised to improve clarity. The school-level data collection also will include vending machine observations, which will yield the only nationally representative dataset of snack and beverage offerings available to students through school vending machines. These observations were a part of the 2012 study protocol but were not conducted because of insufficient funds.

The SHPPS data collection will have significant implications for policy and program development for school health programs nationwide. The results will be used by Federal agencies, state and local education and health agencies, the private sector, and others to support school health programs; monitor progress toward achieving health and education goals and objectives,; develop educational programs, demonstration efforts, and professional education/training; and initiate other relevant research initiatives to contribute to the reduction of health risk behaviors among our nation's youth. SHPPS data also will be used to provide measures for 14 Healthy People 2020 national health objectives. No other national source of data exists for these objectives. The data also will have significant implications for policy and program development for school health programs nationwide.

There are no costs to respondents other than their time.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Type of respondentForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden (in hours)
State OfficialsState Recruitment Script (for 2014 study)42130/6021
State Recruitment Script (for 2016 study)44130/6022
District OfficialsDistrict Recruitment Script (for 2014 study)320130/60160
District Recruitment Script (for 2016 study)902160/60902
District Health Education685130/60343
District Physical Education and Activity685140/60457
District Health Services685140/60457
District Nutrition Services685130/60343
District Healthy and Safe School Environment685160/60685
District Mental Health and Social Services685130/60343
District Faculty and Staff Health Promotion685120/60228
School OfficialsSchool Recruitment Script821160/60821
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School Health Education640120/60213
School Physical Education and Activity640140/60427
School Health Services640150/60533
School Nutrition Services640140/60427
School Healthy and Safe School Environment640175/60800
School Mental Health and Social Services640130/60320
School Faculty and Staff Health Promotion640120/60213
Classroom teachersClassroom Health Education1,229150/601024
Classroom Physical Education and Activity1,229140/60819
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Kimberly S. Lane,

Deputy Director, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2013-03195 Filed 2-11-13; 8:45 am]