Over the next several weeks, we will be giving all parents, students in grades 3-12, and staff the opportunity to participate in a school climate survey. In collaboration with OHM BOCES, we have partnered with the National School Climate Center (NSCC), an organization founded in 1996 at Teachers College, Columbia University. Together with educational and mental health professionals, the NSCC researched and developed a detailed survey that assesses key school climate dimensions including safety, teaching and learning, interpersonal relationships, and the external environment.
Our goal is to have a positive school climate, one in which all members of our educational community work together to create a shared school climate vision. Establishing and maintaining such a climate is not a one-time event. Rather, it is an ongoing process of data collection, analysis, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Your survey submission will help us assess our school climate, and develop plans and goals that are reflective of all stakeholders’ interests.
The parent survey is available earlier than expected and is open now through May 5 by utilizing the links on the left hand side of this page. If you have children in multiple school buildings in the District, you are welcome to complete the survey once for each building. The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete, and all responses are completely anonymous. If you prefer to complete a paper version of the survey, please contact your child’s school.
After the conclusion of the survey administration period, the NSCC will compile the results and provide us with a detailed analysis. These findings will be reviewed and utilized to develop targeted plans focused on our school climate.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to assist us in this very important and worthwhile process. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact the principal at your child's school. We look forward to working with you in pursuit of our District's mission, “To inspire, cultivate, and empower all learners to maximize their potential.”
Brian K. Bellair
Superintendent of Schools