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School Climate

The school climate is the learning environment and relationships found within a school and school community.

A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, included, and accepted, and actively promote positive behaviours and interactions. Principles of equity and inclusive education are embedded in the learning environment to support a positive school climate and a culture of mutual respect. A positive school climate is a crucial component of the prevention of inappropriate behaviour.

Bullying prevention and intervention is about more than just eliminating bullying. It also promotes the development of healthy relationships. Healthy relationships involve respectful interactions between people, whether face-to-face or online. The goal is to help ensure that all students have healthy, safe, respectful and caring relationships with everyone in their lives.

Teachers, parents, and other adults support and act as role models for children by showing them how healthy relationships can work. Children’s positive relationships with other children depend on positive relationships with adults. Students who are able to have healthy relationships will be less likely to bully others, will be more likely to support students who are bullied, and will be better able to reach their educational goals. Promoting healthy relationships is a key way to prevent bullying and create a safe and accepting school climate.

School Climate Surveys

The TDSB conducts School Climate Surveys to hear directly from students, parents/guardians and school staff, as they all play a key role in contributing to a positive school climate.

When are the surveys taking place?
This school year, between November and December 2019:

  • Students in Grades 4-12 will complete the Online Student School Climate Survey during school time
  • Elementary and secondary schools will invite parents/guardians/caregivers and all school staff to complete the Online School Climate Survey

What are the surveys about?
The survey questions address a variety of topics that relate to a schools’ learning environment and students’ experiences in and around the school community. These topics include: school safety, bullying and discriminatory behaviours, relationships, teaching and learning practices, engagement and belonging, identity and participation. The surveys are anonymous.

Where can I access the Parent School Climate Survey?
An information letter will be sent home to families, which will include a link to access the Parent School Climate Survey. This link will also be emailed through TDSB Connects. Schools will provide translated versions of the letter and the Parent School Climate Survey upon request.

How will the information be used?
With the information gathered via the survey, schools will have data to make informed planning decisions about programs to promote a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting of all students.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Parents/guardians can contact their child’s school directly with any questions regarding the School Climate Survey.

Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and well-being
and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
a democratic and sustainable society.
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