Student School Climate Survey

School Climate Survey and Opt out
Posted on 03/25/2022
School Climate Survey

As part of our ongoing efforts to create and maintain safe, inclusive and accepting schools, the OCDSB undertakes a School Climate Survey every two years to gather input from students and parents in each of our schools. In April 2022, the district will be launching the next School Climate Survey for students in grades 4-12.

The survey is required by the Ministry of Education as part of the Safe Schools initiative, and provides feedback to each school about the extent to which parents, students and staff feel their school supports learning and positive behaviour, and promotes a safe and inclusive environment. The School Climate Survey asks students, parents and school staff for their opinion on 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 sense of belonging, relationships, safety, and well-being.

The survey measures include but are not limited to:

● Engagement (e.g., sense of belonging and social connectedness, positive relationships with adults, intellectual engagement, school involvement, and support outside of school);

● Environment (e.g. school environment, learning environment, school discipline, and diversity and representation).

● Safety (e.g., bullying, harassment, discrimination, and help-seeking) ● Well-being (e.g., general well-being, and social and emotional skills) Some important notes about the survey:

● The survey is voluntary; students 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 takes between 25 and 35 minutes to complete, and is completed during class time.

● Results of this survey will be reported at the school-level and individual respondents will not be identified.

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

Students will complete the survey online at school between April 4th and April 22nd, 2022. Parents who do not want their child (or children) to complete the survey must advise the school by March 28th, 2022. A form is attached to this letter for your use. I am confident that the survey will be effective in helping us better meet the needs of our students. If you have specific questions about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours truly,

Erin O’Grady Principal

 

School Climate Survey Opt Out 

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