In the week ahead, all students will be coming home with information from the Board about the Every Student Counts Survey (ESCS). The purpose of this census survey is to better understand YRDSB’s diverse student population as well as students’ experiences in school and outside of school. The survey results will be used to help improve our schools and to:
● Identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success;
● Create more equitable and inclusive school environments; and,
● Improve student achievement and well-being.
Families with a child in Kindergarten to Grade 6 are invited to complete the survey online with their child at home. Please expect a school letter to be sent home with a link to the online survey along with instructions. Families with more than one child in Kindergarten to Grade 6 are asked to complete one survey per child. The online survey will be available in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hebrew, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu, Vietnamese.
As one of the main purposes of the survey is to identify and eliminate barriers to student achievement there will be a unique code on each survey for YRDSB to link the survey data with student achievement data. To ensure confidentiality, no directly identifying information (such as your child’s name) will be on the survey. A summary of the results (grouped data only) will be available at schools and on the Board’s website in Spring 2019.
This important initiative will help us work together to create equitable and inclusive school environments. Parents and guardians are our strongest partners in education and we thank you for your support.