Bangor schools’ rejection of state student health survey leaves them in the dark

The Bangor School Department wants to know what it needs to do to improve student mental health. But first it needs data on the well-being of its students.

That’s why an advisory group is recommending that Bangor students, for the first time, participate in a statewide student health survey that the Bangor school department has long refused to participate in. An advisory group focused on student mental health made the recommendation Wednesday to the Bangor School Committee.

If the Bangor school district takes the group on its recommendation to participate in the Maine Integrated Youth Health Study, it would mark a turnaround for Maine’s fourth-largest school district.

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