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School Climate Survey information

posted Apr 27, 2015, 11:36 AM by St. Brigid School

Dear Parent/Guardian:


A positive learning and teaching environment is essential if students are to succeed in school. Research shows that there is a direct link between student success and the school environment in which learning takes place. Students are more motivated to do well and to realize their full potential in schools that have a positive school climate, where they feel safe and supported.

To this end, the Ministry of Education for Ontario has required that a school climate survey be implemented in all of our schools at a minimum every 2 years. Among other questions, these surveys must include questions on bullying/harassment related to homophobia, gender-based violence, and sexual harassment.  In Catholic schools, our Catholic teaching on the dignity of the human person is the starting point for all issues of diversity. Our board theme (Restore One Another in a Spirit of Gentleness) reflects one way schools strive to create an environment where all students and staff feel safe, welcomed and valued.


The Ottawa Catholic School Board will be implementing an anonymous online school climate survey for students in grade 4-6 which will allow us to obtain the student voice on the climate in our schools. The advantage of this survey is that it enables us to receive immediate feedback from the students. The surveys will help in-school teams determine school needs, make decisions on improving the climate of our school, as well as help to determine whether programs are effective at improving the school climate.


Student Survey information

Over the month of May, all students in grades 4 through 6 will be given an opportunity to participate. The survey will be completed at our schools and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete for most students. The student survey measures safety, bullying, equity and inclusivity and student well being.


It is important to understand that while students will be anonymously responding to a series of questions, we will not have access to responses to individual questions. The report that will be generated will summarize the climate of our school and will be used to help us build a stronger positive Catholic school climate where all feel welcome, safe and included.


Parent Survey Information

In addition, throughout the month of May, we will be conducting similar anonymous surveys of parents as it is important to understand parent perspectives in these same topic areas to better meet the needs of all of our students.  The completion of these surveys is highly encouraged as it will allow us to obtain a complete picture of the climate of our school from the perspective of various stakeholders. You will find a link below to the school website where you can access the parent survey. The survey will be available from May 4th to May 22nd.  Those of you who have registered to receive school/board emails will also receive a direct link to the survey.

If you have more than one child attending the school, please only complete one survey.


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If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Laura Shanahan. We look forward to hearing you and your child’s feedback regarding our school climate.