Return to School Survey

Return to School (October 2020) Survey

Thank you to those who participated in the Return to School Survey! We appreciate you sharing your thoughts and feedback with us. 

Five Thoughtexchange surveys were set up to capture the unique thoughts and feedback of:

  1. Students attending school virtually (OCV)
  2.  Students attending school in-person
  3. Parents/guardians of students attending school virtually (OCV)
  4. Parents/guardians of students attending school in-person
  5. Staff

Each participant group was asked to respond to a question:

Students:What are the most important things you want to share about your school experience so far this year?”

Parents: “What are the most important things you want to share about your family’s school experience so far this year?”

Staff: “What are the most important things you want to share about your experience at work this year?” 

Total Participation Rates 

21,936 Participants

25,380 Thoughts Shared

546,749 Star Ratings Assigned

Participation Rates by Group

Participants

Thoughts

Ratings

Virtual Students

1,644

1,049

29,038

In-Person Students

5,309

3,976

105,767

Virtual Parents/Guardians

3,254

4,731

91,097

In-Person Parents/Guardians

8,954

10,469

211,202

Staff

2,775

5,155

109,645

 

Key Findings

  • Overall, the return to school is greatly appreciated by parents;
  • General comfort of students and parents with safety practices in place;
  • Students are engaged in learning;
  • Secondary in person learning model is the change which generated the most feedback;
  • Heightened concerns about amount of change and impact on student and staff well-being;
  • Staff are happy to be engaged with students, but the volume of work and feelings of pressure are very high in all areas;
  • The system needs stability.

Links to Summary Reports

The following links allow you to access and review the results of the closed-ended survey questions, as well as the thoughts shared in response to the open-ended question about how the school year is going so far. 

Link to Summary Report for Students (Virtual)

Link to Summary Report for Students (In-Person)

Link to Summary Report for Parents (Virtual)

Link to Summary Report for Parents (In-Person)

How We Used the Feedback

After the survey closed and we consolidated the feedback, shared the results with stakeholders; responded to key questions; and further explored the data, key themes, and trends overall and within specific groups. We used these insights to improve:

  • Safety rules;
  • Technology supports;
  • Consistency of practice;
  • Training and resources in support of well-being;
  • Communications, with increased direct messaging to students and targeted groups; 
  • and much more.

To continue monitoring how our students, families and staff are doing during this challenging year, we are checking in again with another survey February 16th-26th. This will help us find ways to continue to improve how we do things at the OCDSB, and will help us to plan for next year. Learn more about the Mid-School Year Check-In Survey.


 

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