All Ontario schools are required to complete a school climate survey at least once every two years. The purpose of a school climate survey is to better understand perceptions about safety at school. We know that when students feel safe and welcomed at school that they are more likely to achieve at high levels.
This survey asks questions related to school climate and safety, including age, gender, ethnicity, experience with bullying, perception of school, and sense of belonging. We will use this information to help school staff develop strategies to prevent bullying and to promote safe and inclusive schools.
The school climate survey is called the Tell Them From Me Survey (TTFM) and was developed by The Learning Bar; more information about the survey is available on the OCDSB website www.ocdsb.ca.
Students in grades 9-12 will complete the survey on-line at school under the supervision of their Period 2 teachers. Parents who do not want their child to complete the survey must advise the school in writing.
The survey is completely anonymous and voluntary. Students can decide whether they wish to complete the survey and can also choose to skip certain questions. The survey is confidential; it does not include the student name. The survey results will be reported at an aggregate level only, not at an individual level. The survey data will not be linked to any other student data. The survey takes approximately thirty minutes to complete.