Count Us In!, Grand Erie’s First Student Census
The goal of Grand Erie’s Multi-Year Plan is Success for Every Student. This can only be achieved if the Board truly understands the needs of its students and their families.
To gather this information, Grand Erie will launch its first-ever student census, Count Us In!, from March 18-29.
All Grand Erie students in Grades 4-12 will take part in the census. This initiative is being led by the Board’s Safe and Inclusive Schools Team and has the support of Trustees, Senior Management and a host of community groups and organizations. It is also part of a larger initiative by the Ministry of Education and Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan.
The census findings will help Grand Erie better understand student populations and school communities; identify and eliminate barriers to student success, inclusion and well-being; and establish effective programs to increase student services.
The student census will be completed in class and feature questions that ask students about themselves and their experiences, both inside and outside of school. To view the student census, Student Census Grades 4-8 and Student Census Grades 9-12.
Grand Erie’s student census is confidential. All responses will be stored in a secure, confidential database that will only be accessed by authorized research staff to identify and summarize Board trends. Individual student questionnaires will not be analyzed. Grand Erie District School Board is committed to the highest levels of privacy and confidentiality in collecting information about students. We follow all privacy requirements outlined in the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). The information gathered through the student census is collected under the legal authority of the Education Act (R.S.O. 1990, c. E. 2, as amended) for educational and research purposes only.
Grand Erie believes it’s critical for the student census to reflect all of the voices that exist within the Board. The more responses received, the more reliable the data will be and the more effective Grand Erie can be in supporting all students moving forward. The data collected will be used to inform and improve programming and instruction as well as create and improve student services.
Students or parents/guardians who decide not to participate will need to let their school know by Friday, February 22.For questions about the student census, see the Board’s Frequently Asked Questions here or contact Greg Rousell, System Research Leader at Grand Erie at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-756-6301, ext. 281042.