Upper Grand District School Board Collects Student Census Data | bloginfo(‘name’); ?>
September 22, 2022 0 comments
By Paula BrownLocal Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Upper Grand District School Board is collecting data on its students through a new census aimed at bringing about systemic change.
The local school board launched the “UGDSB Counts Student Census” on Monday, September 19 for all K-12 students. The student census aims to better understand the cultural, social and demographic diversity of students.
“UGDSB recognizes the disproportionate impact on students who are racialized and have marginalized identities,” UGDSB said in Monday’s press release. “The school board will use the results of the survey to better understand these impacts, to make positive changes.
Students who chose to participate in the census survey will be asked questions about first languages, Indigenous status, ethnic/cultural background, racial background, religious/spiritual affiliation, gender, l orientation, disabilities, citizenship and socio-economic status.
For K-8 students, the survey will be completed on behalf of, or with a parent or guardian, and will be sent to their email address. Students in grades 9-12 will complete the survey on their own, with the survey link sent to their UGDSB email address. Time will be allocated in class for the realization.
Although the census is a confidential and voluntary survey, the UGDSB noted that it is not anonymous.
“It is not anonymous because in order to be able to analyze the data we need to collect the data using a personal identifier. We will use this personal identifier to join the census data to the datasets we would like analyze,” explained the UGDSB.
The Ontario Ministry of Education has mandated school boards across the province to conduct a student census. School boards must conduct a census by 2023.
The UGDSB student census will be open until October 9th.
For more information on the student census, visit www.ugdsb.ca/census.