Virginia middle schoolers asked about specific sex acts and sexual orientation

Fairfax County survey also asks students about their sexual orientation and whether they identify as transgender

Students as young as 12 in Virginia will be asked specific questions about their sex and dating lives, emotions, and bullying in new Fairfax County surveys. 

"During the past three months, with how many people have you had sexual intercourse?" one of the questions that will be on the 2021 Fairfax County Youth Survey asks, ABC7 reported. Others include: "Have you ever had sexual intercourse?"; "How old were you when you had sexual intercourse for the first time?"; "During your life, with how many people have you had sexual intercourse?"; "Have you ever had oral sex?"

The anonymous survey is a collaboration between the Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools. Students in 8th, 10th and 12th grade will have the option of participating in the survey - it is not mandatory. 

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Other portions include asking students about bullying, their home life, emotions they’ve had in the last year, and how often they use tobacco or drink alcohol. The survey also prompts students about their sexual orientation, whether they are transgender, and their race. 

"The Fairfax County Youth Survey is a comprehensive, anonymous and voluntary survey given each year to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 that examines behaviors, experiences and other factors that influence the health and well-being of Fairfax County's youth. The results provide a snapshot of the county's youth and serve as a barometer of the community's effectiveness in fostering healthy choices in young people," the Fairfax County website says of the youth survey

Initial reports stated that the survey would be given to students as young as 12, but Fairfax County said on Tuesday a separate survey for 6th graders does not include questions on sexual activity. The survey for 6th graders will ask students about bullying, their emotions in recent months and weeks, how often they have moved since childhood, among other questions. 

An empty classroom.

An empty classroom. (iStock)

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The county has offered similar surveys in previous years, which have found data on how many students vape, and levels of depression and stress among students. 

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"The Fairfax County Youth Survey is a voluntary, anonymous and comprehensive survey that examines the risks, protective factors and health behaviors that influence the health and well-being of our county’s youth. The current survey questions were selected from nationally recognized surveys that follow rigorous testing and validation procedures. The survey is an important tool to assess youth needs and strengths, develop programs, monitor trends, measure countywide outcomes and guide countywide planning of prevention efforts," Fairfax County spokesman told Fox News.