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See Me in ALCDSB – Student Census

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Students and their families are invited to complete the See Me in ALCDSB survey, our first-ever student census, until Friday, May 27.

Click here​ to take the survey.

Elementary parents/guardians, you would have received the link by email. If you haven’t received the email, please contact SeeMeinALCDSB@alcdsb.on.ca. Students in Grades 9 to 12 will have time during class to complete the survey.  

​The survey will collect student demographic and identity data, including information about language, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and more. It also includes questions about school experience. 

Staff won’t see individual student responses to the survey. We will look at the data from a population level alongside other data we already collect to identify systemic barriers that students face in our school system. The information you share will help us build on the work we are already doing to support equity, well-being and success for all students and provide a way to measure the impact of that work.



What’s on this page:
Why are we doing a student census?
Every day, we work to build faith-filled learning communities. We want our students and families to feel loved, inspired, and successful. By better understanding our students, we can make sure that the programs, supports and opportunities best suit their needs. 

The See Me in ALCDSB survey will:
  • Collect accurate identity and experience data about the current student population 
  • Improve our ability to assess the disparities that exist within the system and to effectively measure efforts to improve outcomes for all students
  • Support the development of 2022-2023 school improvement plans and the board improvement plan and inform new and existing programming and supports 
​The collection of this data is mandated by the Ministry of Education and is an important step forward for equity in the ALCDSB because it allows us to understand the ever-changing context in our schools. However, we aren’t waiting for this data to implement changes and improvements. Many existing reports from Canadian organizations outline disparities that groups of students experience in the education system in general. This new local data will provide more information for our program and support design and, most importantly, evaluation.​

Watch a Video Walkthrough of the survey
 



Survey implementation
The See Me in ALCDSB survey is voluntary— but the more responses, the better. The survey will take place every three years to maintain accurate data to measure the impact of changes and new programs we put in place. 

Here’s some information about how the survey will be implemented to help you prepare:
  • ​The survey will take place online. We will provide help for students with special education needs and families who need support.
  • There are three versions of the survey: Kindergarten to Grade 3, Grades 4 to 8 and Grades 9 to 12.
  • Parents and caregivers of Kindergarten to Grade 8 students will receive the survey link by email the week of May 9. You’ll need to complete the survey for each child in your household. You’ll login using your child’s ALCDSB login information. This is the same login they used to access remote learning. Don’t know your child’s login information? Here’s how to find it​.
  • You may consider completing the survey with older elementary children or letting them do it themselves.
  • Students in Grades 9 to 12 will be given the survey directly and have time to complete the survey at school.
  • The survey is voluntary. Students and families can choose not to participate or skip a question or questions on the survey. Parents/guardians of students under 18 may also request that their child not participate in the survey​​. Exemption requests must be submitted by April 30.
  • A preliminary report is expected to be shared with the board of trustees in June. The report will be posted on this See Me in ALCDSB survey website page. 
​Your participation in the survey can help us identify how we can best support all members of our community—it’s a simple thing you can do that could significantly impact the well-being of other children and families in your community.

How we will use the data
We will analyze the student census data alongside other existing datasets. This analysis will support ongoing community conversations about equity and support for students. It’ll help us plan what we can do to remove barriers students face, and make sure programs, supports, and opportunities best align with what students need. The data will also allow us to measure the impact of changes we make. 

This analysis will likely also interest social services agencies working in our communities and other community partners. Many factors in communities affect whether individuals and families have access to services and opportunities, feel a sense of belonging and feel safe. We need to work together to address any gaps this census data and other data sources help uncover. ​

Click here​ to view the recording.

If you missed the event, you can still submit your questions by emailing info@alcdsb.on.ca

Resources to support you​
Talking to your kids about equity 
Why this data matters 
Connecting with community and supporting your child
Staff census coming in 2022-2023 school year​​
A similar voluntary census will take place with ALCDSB staff in the 2022-2023 school year to help us understand more about the staff working in our system. We want our staff to feel supported. We also want to ensure our hiring and promotion practices are free from any bias that may result in the underrepresentation of individuals from equity-seeking groups.

If you have additional questions about the student census, please visit our FAQ page​.


  • Discipleship

    We accept the call to be imitators of Christ by embracing the Beatitudes through authentic witness at the school, community, and global levels. Rooted in our commitment to transmit our Faith and Catholic tradition, we are inspired to build communities dedicated to the formation of young people who recognize their gifts and responsibilities to contribute to the transformation of the world into a more just and loving society for all.

  • Scholarship

    We believe that each student, made in the image and likeness of God and being hope for the future, can be engaged in their learning and achieve at high levels with appropriate supports. We are committed to ensuring that the potential of each student is realized through the achievement of ambitious outcomes and improving in their learning to the highest possible level.

  • Stewardship

    We embrace our responsibilities for the prudent and judicious use of the resources we have been allocated. In our context, we are committed to the development and growth of all employees, responsible and accountable practices and our call to care for all of God's creation.