Recently, all TDSB staff, students (Grades 6 to 12) and parents/guardians (JK to Grade 12) were invited to participate in a check-in survey to help us get a snapshot of how everyone is coping under the current pandemic circumstances. All groups were asked to provide comments and perspectives about their mental health and well-being, relationships, and student learning experiences.
In total, just over 96,000 elementary and secondary parents/guardians, approximately 36,000 students and just over 6,000 TDSB staff members participated in these consultations. We thank everyone who took the time to share their voice and provide us with valuable feedback. While staff have just begun reviewing the information gathered, today we are sharing some initial results.
Among the findings from the surveys, a large majority of parents/guardians and students reported feeling protected from getting COVID-19 because of the health and safety precautions in place at their school. Additionally, a large majority of students reported feeling cared for and supported by teachers. However, the survey results also show that a large majority of staff and students reported feeling very stressed and are struggling with their mental health.
These initial results show that TDSB staff, students and families are all doing the best we can during these unprecedented circumstances. We are encouraged to see that parents/guardians and students feel that staff are caring and supportive during this challenging time. However, results reveal that this work is taking a toll on staff. A key focus going forward will be on better supporting the health and well-being of staff while continuing to provide a high level of support for students and families.
For more information and detailed results from these consultation sessions, please view the staff presentation from today’s meeting of the TDSB Planning and Priorities Committee.