St. Mary Parish school system conducting school climate survey
The St. Mary Parish school system today launched the annual School Climate Survey.
The survey is a tool designed to foster communication among parents and teachers. Although the local system has been highly focused on the newly adopted Louisiana teacher and leader effectiveness reforms, the practice of allowing stakeholders to contribute to the educational dialogue remains important to the local system, Superintendent Donald Aguillard said.
This year, the survey is structured to elicit opinions from parents and teachers. Although student input was a component in the annual process previously, this year, due to the ambitious standardized testing expectations in spring 2013, the student component will not be offered, Aguillard said.
For parents of students in pre-kindergarten to fifth grade, notecards with the online link of the survey will be distributed through homework/signed paper folders, and the survey link will be posted on the school’s website. For parents of students in grades six through 12, the JCALL phone notification system will be used to alert parents of the survey opening.
Parents may access the survey through the school’s webpage. Parents without Internet access may pick up a hard copy of the survey, in English or Spanish, from their child’s school. The parent survey will be open today through 2 p.m. May 3.
St. Mary Parish teachers will be emailed a link inviting them to participate. The teacher survey provides teachers an opportunity to share their opinions on the climate for learning at their school. The survey also will be used to gain insight about the impact of the new state reforms and for teachers to offer suggestions to reform implementation. The teacher survey link also will remain active today through May 3.
District and school officials utilize survey results in decision-making when planning school improvement, creating professional development and making schools more receptive to the needs of families in the school community.
Aguillard said he is encouraging teachers and parents to participate. He said all responses will be kept confidential and anonymous.