• Climate Survey FAQs English (Parents)

    1. What is the School Climate Survey?
    2. Who takes the survey?
    3. When is the survey given?
    4. How is the survey taken?
    5. How long does it take to complete the survey?
    6. Is participation required?
    7. What if I have more than one child in school?
    8. What kinds of questions are on the survey?
    9. Is there a right or wrong answer?
    10. Do I have to answer all the survey questions?
    11. Are responses anonymous and confidential?
    12. How will my privacy be ensured?
    13. Will my child’s teacher or principal see my answers?
    14. How do I express my concerns about a particular teacher or the school administration?
    15. Will the results be used to evaluate my child’s school or the school principal?
    16. How will the School Climate Survey results be used?


     

    1. What is the School Climate Survey?

    • The purpose of the Climate Survey is to measure the perceptions, opinions and feelings of parents about the climate and environment at their child’s school.
    • How parents, students, and staff feel about their school influences the learning environment at the school and a positive environment maximizes student achievement. We need parents’ open and honest feedback about the learning environment at their child’s school.
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    2. Who takes the survey?

    • All parents who have children enrolled in Sarasota County Public Schools, including Charter Schools, Alternative Schools, and Adult and Technology Schools have the opportunity to provide feedback by taking the School Climate Survey.
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    3. When is the survey given?

    • The School Climate Survey will be administered in March 26 - April 9, 2019.
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    4. How is the survey taken?

    • The survey is taken online. Parents can find the survey on the Sarasota County Schools website at www.sarasotacountyschools.net and then clicking on the 2019 School Climate Survey for Parents link.
    • Parents who do not have access to a computer or the internet at home are encouraged to take the survey at their child’s school. School staff will be glad to work with parents who need assistance.
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    5. How long does it take to complete the survey?

    • The survey is brief and should take no more than 8 – 10 minutes to complete.
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    6. Is participation required?

    • No, participation is voluntary and optional. However, we strongly encourage all parents to take this opportunity to provide feedback.
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    7. What if I have more than one child in school?

    • Parents with more than one child in the same school will be asked to take the survey once for that school. Parents with children attending more than one school may take a survey for each school.
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    8. What kinds of questions are on the survey?

    • Parents are asked how they feel by indicating how much they agree or disagree with statements that deal with topics such as parent satisfaction with their child’s school, communication, parent involvement activities, the students’ learning environment, health and safety.
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    9. Is there a right or wrong answer?

    • There is no right or wrong answer. Responses represent the individual’s opinions, perceptions, beliefs and feelings.
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    10. Do I have to answer all the survey questions?

    • Answering every question will help us to collect the same information from all parents. A response option for “Don’t Know or Does Not Apply” is offered, if needed.
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    11. Are responses anonymous and confidential?

    • Yes, responses are anonymous. There is no personal identifying information on the survey. The person taking the survey cannot be identified in any way.
    • We do ask parents to tell us the name of the school their child attends so that we can summarize the responses from all the parents of that school to provide meaningful and useful information to the school principal and staff.
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    12. How will my privacy be ensured?

    • Survey responses are anonymous and confidential. Individual responses are not reported. Responses will be combined with those of all other parents and will be part of a summary report.
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    13. Will my child’s teacher or principal see my answers?

    • No. Survey responses are anonymous. The school principal and teachers will only see the school’s summary results.
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    14. How do I express my concerns about a particular teacher or the school administration?

    • Parents who have a specific problem concerning their child, or have a concern about a particular individual at the school, should speak directly with their child's teacher or the principal rather than using this survey.
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    15. Will the results be used to evaluate my child’s school or the school principal?

    • No, the purpose of the survey is to collect information about how parents feel about their child’s school. The School Climate Survey is not an evaluation tool.
    • School performance is evaluated annually by the district and by the state. Florida schools are graded by the state based on student performance on achievement tests, graduation rates, and other information. The direct supervisors of school principals and assistant principals evaluate their job performance annually.
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    16. How will the School Climate Survey results be used?

    • The survey results will be used to identify staff, parent, and student concerns and will provide valuable information for the School Improvement Plan and will help in planning future parent involvement activities. Results will also be used to celebrate and showcase the positive things about the school.
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