Thank you for agreeing to complete this survey.
The purpose of this school climate survey is to find out about two closely related issues – (1) equity and inclusive education, and (2) bullying/harassment, including discrimination, sexual harassment, and homophobia, among students at your school. This information will be used by your principal and all staff to help promote an environment of respect, safety, and belonging for all students.
Schools need to be safe and welcoming places so that students can feel comfortable enough to learn.
Please do not put your name on this survey. Your answers are confidential. We are interested in what you and other school staff members have to say.
About the Survey
The survey consists of two sections that deal with related topics. The first section focuses on equity and inclusive education, and the second focuses specifically on bullying/harassment.
Equity and inclusive education are what we envision for all schools. An inclusive education system is one in which:
To achieve an equitable and inclusive school climate, school boards and schools will strive to ensure that all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable, and accepted. We want all staff and students to value diversity and to demonstrate respect for others and a commitment to establishing a just, caring society. An equitable, inclusive education system encourages and enables all students to learn and to fulfil their potential, and thereby improves student achievement and reduces achievement gaps.
When students exhibit discriminatory behaviours – which can include bullying and harassment – towards other students, they are often reacting to perceived differences (stereotypes), and do not realize that diversity is one of a school’s greatest assets. Bullying and harassment are hurtful, and therefore unacceptable, behaviours that are never tolerated in a climate of respect and acceptance. To realize the promise of diversity, everyone in a school must value the full range of our differences.
In the first section of this survey, you will be asked questions about how you think students feel about their school, whether they feel welcome and comfortable participating in school events and on school teams and clubs, and whether they are learning about the experiences of various groups in society. In the second section, you will read about various types of bullying/harassment, and you will be asked questions about incidents of bullying/ harassment that may have occurred in your school and about circumstances connected with such incidents.
Your answers to this survey will help us make schools more welcoming and safer for all students.