School climate survey is live

DCS is partnering with the State Education Department to pilot a U.S. Department of Education school climate survey to help develop school safety and student achievement initiatives.  The survey links will be live May 6-27.

Students in grade 5-12 will be asked to take the survey, as will their parents/guardians and DCS staff.  Parents/guardians will receive an email/text containing the link through the use of DCS’s One Call Now System to take the survey. Survey links are also listed below.

Survey links:

The survey is voluntary. Individuals do not have to participate, and parents/guardians do not have to give a reason for their children’s not participating. A student’s participation, or non-participation, will not affect other relationships or services they are entitled to.  Students are not required to answer all questions, only those that they want to answer.

The survey is totally anonymous and designed to protect one’s privacy. No names or any other identifying information are recorded.

There is an increasing awareness among educators in New York and the country about the benefits that a positive school climate promotes, including the positive impact on school safety, student self-esteem, emotional well-being and mental health, as well as lower incidence of substance abuse, student absenteeism and suspension.

Duanesburg is one of over 100 schools participating in the School Climate Survey program.  In 2020-21, the survey will become part of NYSED’s school climate index which includes VADIR and DASA.

The district will form a school climate improvement team, using the school climate survey and other relevant data to develop and implement a school climate action plan.  This information will be shared with the school community.

For more survey background, visit our earlier website article.