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2018 Parent/Guardian Survey
 

The OCDSB is committed to creating inclusive, safe and caring environments. As part of this commitment and Ministry direction and in support of student well-being, our schools conduct school climate surveys every two years. This year the OCDSB will conduct a School Climate Survey for Parents/Guardians in the spring of 2018. The purpose of a school climate survey is to better understand parents' perceptions about bullying, safety at school, and parent engagement. We know that when parents share their ideas and offer constructive feedback, the school system is improved and students succeed.  

The “OurSCHOOL” survey developed by The Learning Bar is used across our District. It is voluntary, confidential, and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Parents are asked to answer questions related to school climate and safety, bullying and exclusion, and perception of their child’s experiences at home and school. The data from this survey will be used to help school staff develop strategies to prevent bullying and to promote safe and inclusive schools. 

Background

The School Climate Survey – “OurSCHOOL” (formerly known as TTFM) is an online survey tool that the district uses to collect anonymous and reliable data about school climate, bullying, school safety, parents and students engagement. The school climate survey was first implemented during the 2012-13 school year for students, and repeated again in 2013-14, 2014-2015, and 2016-2017.

In 2013-14 the Parent Survey was introduced, and repeated in 2015-16. This year, there will be a common district-wide parents/guardians survey and will be conducted between April 23 and May 11, 2018.  Results are used by schools to give Parents/ Guardians and Students a voice so they are able to share their ideas, thoughts or concerns about their school. Input provided helps make their school safe and more welcoming.

Schools are using the School Climate Survey results, along with other sources of data, to help make decisions around improving school climates as part of the ongoing work to create accepting schools in which everyone belongs.  The district reports are an aggregate of all school results from the measures within the surveys.  Results are available for the most recent administrations of the elementary student survey, secondary student survey, & parent survey. The district data is being used for information purposes and to assist schools to situate their school results relative to the district.

 

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