Every Student Matters Census
In the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, we are committed to helping all of our students experience success. To support this goal, we will be conducting our first ever Every Student Matters Census in February and March 2019 to better understand the backgrounds, experiences and needs of our students and school communities. The data collected from both students and parents/guardians will provide the school system, families, and the community with valuable information to improve our programs and services for the benefit of all students. All information on individual students will remain confidential.
We invited members of our school communities to learn more about the census project, and ask questions, at Community Information Sessions in allregions of the board during November and December.
Questions and Answers
Why is KPR conducting this survey?
School boards across the province are completing a census with their school communities in order to better understand the needs of student populations and school communities. The census will gather demographic data (statistical information) to help us better understand the people we serve.
Several school boards have already completed their first census, while other boards, like KPR, are completing it this school year or next.
What is the purpose of the survey?
The census will help school boards better understand the backgrounds, experiences and needs of our students and school communities. Specifically, the census information will be used to:
- address any barriers to student achievement and success,
- establish effective programs, and
- allocate resources according to student needs.
Who will complete the survey?
· Parents of JK-6 students will be asked to complete the survey online.
· Students in Grades 7-12 will be asked to complete the survey in class.
Is the survey mandatory?
No. Survey completion is voluntary; however a high level of survey completion will allow for more complete information about school communities.
Parents/guardians will receive a postcard before the survey is administered, with the option to request that their child not participate in the process.
What type of questions will be on the census?
The census consists of approximately 25 questions about wellbeing, family structure, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, languages, nationality, disability and socio-economics.
What is the purpose of the Community Information Sessions?
The Community Information Sessions in November and December will include a 20-minute presentation on the purpose of the survey, its importance and relevance, followed by a Question and Answer period. Parents, guardians and caregivers are also welcome to send questions directly to the school board by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
How will the census be completed?
The census survey is intended to be completed online, with the option of printed surveys for parents/guardians that require/prefer this option as a result of Internet access issues. Students will complete the survey online during class time.
Translated versions of the survey are also available in many languages. If you require a translated version of the survey, please email: email@example.com
How will responses be kept confidential and secure?
The survey is confidential. We respect the privacy of our students and families. Data will be collected in a secure manner in accordance with applicable privacy legislation and best practices. Questionnaires will have unique access codes assigned to them. Survey information will be stored on internal KPR servers, and will only be accessed by a small number of staff, in order to analyze the data. Reports will never single out or identify a student or family, and will only be reported in a summarized way, to provide understanding of school communities’ needs.