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It's Census Week
February 14-18, 2022
What is it?
The data collected is confidential
The Lakehead District School Board is conducting a census to collect student identity information. The Student Census will be conducted at all schools. This information is needed to learn about student identities, and understand the whole child.
What is it for?
- To get an accurate picture of the composition of the student population.
- To identify and address barriers to equity of access and outcomes for student achievement; and
- To enhance decision-making about programs and supports necessary for student well-being and success.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Student Census at Lakehead District School Board?
The Lakehead District School Board is conducting a census to collect student identity information. The Student Census will be conducted at all schools. This information is needed to learn about student identities, understand the whole child, and is necessary to:
- Get an accurate picture of the composition of the student population.
- Identify and address barriers to equity of access and outcomes for student achievement; and
- Enhance decision-making about programs and supports necessary for student well-being and success.
Do other school boards in Ontario collect student identity data?
Yes. For example, Toronto District School Board, Near North District Board School, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, and Durham District School Board collect student identity data. The Ministry of Education supports this important endeavour.
Student identity data will help the Lakehead District School Board know the students better. The census will include questions about student identities such as racial/ethnic background, religious belief, disability, etc. The combined data can be used to shed light on gaps that need to be addressed for access, achievement and well-being.
This data is particularly useful to identify systemic barriers that impede students from achieving their individual potential. These types of barriers can exist in policies, procedures and practices and have an adverse effect on students or cause inequity. Research shows that students from historically disadvantaged groups or marginalized groups frequently face systemic barriers. We want to identify and address any systemic barriers because at Lakehead Public Schools, we are committed to the success of every student.
When will the Student Census be conducted?
The Student Census is being conducted at all Lakehead District School Board’s elementary and secondary schools during the winter of 2022. The Student Census is for students attending all of the schools at our Board.
How long does it take to complete the Student Census?
It takes 10-15 minutes to complete the census.
Do parents/guardians/caregivers have to consent for students to complete the Student Census?
Completing the survey is voluntary. Parents or guardians or caregivers and students can choose to opt out. Should you choose to opt out, please inform your child's school Principal. We encourage parents/guardians/caregivers to discuss the census with their child(ren). Parents/guardians/caregivers of students in K-8 can complete the census on behalf of their child, or with their child. Students in Grades 9 -12 can complete the census themselves, while in class.
Do I need to answer every question on the Student Census?
The Student Identity Survey is voluntary. The parent/guardian/caregiver or student who is participating may choose to skip a question if they do not wish to provide the answer to a question. However, it is important to note that the higher the completion rate, the more accurate and reliable the information will be for decision-making.
How can I find out more about the Student Census?
For more information you can view the webpage, including the video. You can also contact the principal or vice principal at your child’s school. Contact information is available here if you have a specific question.
What if I can’t access the Student Census online?
The census is available online. If you are unable to access the census you can contact the IT help desk at 807 625-5162 (from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday) for assistance during the census. If you prefer a paper package one can be provided by the school - contact the school office to request it. For accessibility reasons, alternate formats like paper copies or large print will be available upon request through the principal’s office at your child’s school.
Students in Grades 9 -12 who are unable to complete the survey in school with the existing support or accommodation have the option of completing it with their parents/guardians/caregivers.
How will responses be kept confidential?
The Student Identity Survey data is confidential and is kept separately. This information will be held in strictest confidence and kept securely. Access is restricted to authorized personnel. A confidential database will hold the responses. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Education Act, RSO 1990, c. E-2, and will be used in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, RSO 1990, c. M-56.
How will census data be used?
The information collected will be used for the educational and research purposes to further equity of access and outcomes. Student data will be collected from all the schools at this Board; individual responses will be combined for reporting purposes. To protect student identities, reports that are shared publicly are prepared in aggregate or combined form.
Should you have any additional questions, please call the principal or vice principal of your child’s school. Contact information is available here if you have a specific question.
Should you have any additional questions, please call one of the individuals listed here.
Ashley NurmelaFirst Nation Métis and Inuit Liaison Officer
M EbrahimHuman Rights and Equity Advisor
- Click here to view all school contact information
IT help desk during the census call 807-625-5162 (8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday to Friday) or if the line is busy use this link to contact IT help: www.lakeheadschools.ca/itsupport