Climate Survey

OCDSB School Climate Survey
Posted on 03/01/2023
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Dear Parents/Caregivers:


We would like to hear your voice as part of our school climate survey!


The OCDSB Parent/Caregiver School Climate Survey is a voluntary and anonymous online survey for parents, guardians, and caregivers of students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. The purpose of the survey is to give parents, guardians and caregivers an opportunity to provide feedback about their family’s and their child’s experiences with the school.


Why is it important?

This survey, done every two years, is one way that the school monitors conditions that impact a sense of belonging, relationships with others, safety, bullying, learning conditions, and well-being. Input provided helps make schools a place where all students, staff, and community members feel safe, welcomed, respected and valued. Your responses will help inform school improvement initiatives and enhance the teaching and learning environment of the school. By participating in the survey, you can help us promote a safe and inclusive school environment for the students and families we serve. 


Why now?

The events of the past couple of years have impacted our students, as well as our school and learning environments. This survey is an opportunity to reconnect with our school community to understand what matters most and be responsive to the needs of the students and families we serve. The Ministry of Education requires schools to conduct a survey with parents/caregivers every two years as part of the Safe Schools initiative, and as a means of gathering feedback on the extent to which parents, students, and staff feel their school supports learning and positive behaviour, and promotes a safe and inclusive environment. 


About the Survey:

The survey asks parents about key areas that research has shown to be important in understanding school climate, and that have an impact on student outcomes – with a focus on a sense of belonging and relationships, the school and learning environment, safety, and well-being. The surveys cover a wide range of topics important to students and families including:

  • Engagement (sense of belonging and social connectedness, student relationships with adults at school, parent-teacher relationships, intellectual engagement, extracurricular activities, support outside of school, and parent engagement and involvement);

  • Environment (school environment, school discipline, instructional environment, representation, identity and diversity, and communication);

  • Safety (feeling safe at school, bullying, sexual harassment (7 to 12 only), stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination);

  • Well-Being (general well-being and social and emotional skills).

The survey also includes questions about student and parent/caregiver race, gender identity, indigenous identity, disability, religion, and 2SLGBTQ+ identity. 

Some important notes about the survey:

  • The survey is voluntary; parents/guardians can decide whether they want to complete the survey and can skip any questions they do not want to answer.

  • The survey is anonymous and confidential. 

  • The survey should take approximately 15 to 25 minutes to complete for each child.

  • Parents are asked to complete one survey per child.

  • The survey will be completed using Qualtrics, a secure online survey platform accessible on any mobile device, tablet, laptop or computer (paper or PDF copies of the survey will also be available).

  • The survey will be available in English  |  French  |  Arabic  |  Simplified Chinese  |  Traditional Chinese  |  Inuktitut  |  Pashto  |  Russian  |  Spanish  |  Somali  |  Turkish  |  Urdu.

  • The results of this survey will be reported at the school-level; individuals will not be identified.

  • Information will be used by schools to build safer spaces in which everyone is respected and feels that they belong.

The survey will be available from March 1st to March 24th. 

You can complete the survey online using this link:

If you wish to complete a paper version of the survey, PDF copies are available on the school climate webpage for printing or you may contact the school administrator for a copy. Please return the completed surveys to your school by the deadline above. 

I am confident that the survey will be effective in helping us better meet the needs of our students and our families. If you have questions about the survey, you may visit the FAQs, contact [email protected], or reach out to me directly. 

Yours truly,

Erin O'Grady

Principal of John McCrae Secondary School

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