School Climate Surveys

2018-02-SchoolClimateSurvey-Staff-Button.pngAt HCDSB, we want our schools to be safe and welcoming places where students and staff can feel comfortable enough to learn and to work. The School Climate Surveys are conducted every two years to gather information from students, parents and staff, to help us create and sustain safe and welcoming schools.

School Climate Survey for Students

From October 5 through November 16, 2017, all grades 4 to 12 students were able to participate in the School Climate Survey.

The School Climate Survey for Students helps school staff learn about students’ feelings towards their school and their thoughts for improving their school environment. The survey is not a test, as there are no right or wrong answers. The survey is completely voluntary and anonymous, and is simply a way for students to have their voices heard.

What Does the Student Survey Measure?

The student survey involves measurement that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Social/Emotional Outcomes (e.g. social engagement, emotional health);
  • Physical Health Outcomes (e.g. risky behaviours);
  • Drivers of Student Outcomes (e.g. school context, classroom context).

School Climate Survey for Staff

The School Climate Survey for Staff is completely confidential and open to all staff who work in schools – teachers, ECEs, EAs, school office staff, library staff, custodians, CYCs, etc. 

The survey for staff will open on February 12, 2018, and will remain open until March 9, 2018. 

School Climate Survey for Parents

All parents across the Halton Catholic District School board will have an opportunity to participate in a similar survey, later in the school year. The survey will be completely voluntary and anonymous. Details will follow at a later date.

Next Steps:

The data collected in the School Climate Surveys will be used to:

  • Enhance our understanding of the diverse needs of our students and school communities; 
  • Monitor our strategic planning priorities and support future planning at both the Board and school levels;
  • Monitor school culture and climate to support the ongoing development and implementation of Safe Schools action plans.