The OCDSB is committed
to creating inclusive, safe and caring environments. As part of this commitment
and Ministry direction and
in support of student well-being, our schools conduct school climate surveys
every two years. This year the OCDSB conducted a School Climate Survey for
Students. in the spring of 2017.
The purpose of a school climate survey is to better understand
students’ perceptions about bullying, safety at school, and student engagement.
We know that when students feel safe and welcomed at school that they are more
likely to achieve at higher levels and have a stronger sense of well-being.
The “OurSCHOOL” survey
developed by The Learning Bar is used across our District. It is voluntary,
confidential, and takes approximately thirty to forty minutes to complete.
Students are asked to answer questions related to school climate and safety,
bullying, perception of school, sense of belonging, and their background,
including age, gender, and ethnicity. The data from this survey will be used to
help school staff develop strategies to prevent bullying and to promote safe
and inclusive schools.
The School Climate
Survey – “OurSCHOOL” (formerly known as TTFM) is an online survey tool that the
district uses to collect anonymous and reliable data about school climate,
bullying, school safety and student engagement. The school climate survey was
first implemented during the 2012-13 school year for students, and repeated
again in 2013-14, 2014-2015, and 2016-2017.
In 2013-14 the Parent Survey was introduced and was repeated in
2015-16. Results are used by schools to give Parents/ Guardians and
Students a voice so they are able to share their ideas, thoughts or concerns
about their school. Input provided helps make their school safe and more
Schools are using the
School Climate Survey results, along with other sources of data, to help make
decisions around improving school climates as part of the ongoing work to
create accepting schools in which everyone belongs. The district reports
are an aggregate of all school results from the measures within the
surveys. Results are available for the most recent administrations of the elementary student survey, secondary student survey, & parent survey. The district data is being used for
information purposes and to assist schools to situate their school results
relative to the district.
Frequently Asked Questions: Student Survey