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School Climate Survey email sent from Educational Vistas Surveys

You may receive an email from "Educational Vistas Surveys." Please respond. Pittsford Central School District is working with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as one of approximately 100 school districts to implement a pilot of the U.S. Department of Education school climate surveys. As part of this initiative, parents and students in grades 5-12 and PCSD staff were asked to participate in a climate survey the week of June 10, 2019. Although the survey was provided by the U.S. Dept. of Ed, PCSD added some enhanced demographic questions as recommended by the Inclusivity Advisory Committee.

The goal of the pilot is to provide feedback to NYSED to assist in developing best practices for administration and school climate improvement. This survey tool will allow the Pittsford School District and other participating districts to effectively gather school climate data to help understand the perceptions of the students, staff, and parents; monitor progress; make data-driven decisions; involve stakeholders; and adapt to shifting needs related to school climate.

The School Climate Survey builds on federal initiatives and research which recommended that the U.S. Dept. of Ed work on the issue of school climate nationwide. Through this collaboration with school districts and other partners, NYSED will develop guidance on forming a school climate improvement team, using the school climate survey and other relevant data to develop and implement a school climate improvement action plan. NYSED is anticipating full implementation of this survey in all districts in the 2019-2020 school year.

Survey questions focus on the following areas related to school climate:

Engagement

  • Cultural and linguistic Competence
  • Relationships
  • School participation

Safety

  • Emotional safety
  • Physical safety
  • Bullying
  • Substance abuse
  • Emergency readiness Management

Environment

  • Physical environment
  • Instructional environment
  • Physical health
  • Mental Health
  • Discipline

Confidentiality of survey participants will be maintained using a special token system. The survey is voluntary, but important to the success of the study and for continuous improvement in our schools.