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As the East Greenbush Central School District strives to improve its school climate to ensure a safe, welcoming and productive environment we want to learn more about the experiences from our students, staff, families and community members.

In that spirit, the East Greenbush Central School District will be conducting an anonymous School Climate Survey for students, staff and parents from November 9-24.

For students, the online survey will be administered to grades 5-12 during the week of November 9, on remote learning days. This survey will be used to measure school climate perceptions within our schools on topics such as safety, teaching and learning, relationships, and the school environment. It is voluntary and only aggregate information, not individual answers, will be shared with staff and used to inform efforts to improve the school climate. The data will also be used as a baseline so that the district has a way to measure its response to school climate issues.

The student survey is expected to take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The survey being used was created by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and adapted for our school district.

The student survey questions can be viewed here. It includes demographic questions, and covers topics on safety, peer relationships, instructional environment and more. Parents have the option of opting out their child by contacting the school principal by Wednesday, November 4.

The district will also survey parents and staff with similar versions of the survey that will be made available beginning Monday, November 9. These data will be examined along with the student results to assess school climate within the district.

Parents and staff should expect an email from East Greenbush Central School District with a link to the survey on Monday, November 9.

If you have questions about the upcoming School Climate Survey or would like to view a copy of the student survey, please contact your child’s principal.

FAQ: School Climate Survey

Q: How long will the survey take?
A: The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes.

Q: Is the survey anonymous?
A: Yes. All of the data will be collected and used in aggregate form to evaluate general themes (for example, is there a problem with bullying at a specific school).

Q: How will students access the survey?
A: For Columbia and Goff students, a link to the survey will be posted on the Attendance Google Classroom. Fifth grade teachers will share the survey link with students via their own Google Classrooms.

Q: How will the survey data be used?
A: The district’s administration will evaluate the data, provide the school community with some highlights, and develop action items for the 2021-22 school year. The goal is to improve our school climate.

Q: Will the survey results be shared with parents?
A: Yes, survey results will be shared at a future Board of Education meeting, and with parents and school staff via email and on the district website at www.egcsd.org.

Q: What if I have children in different schools within the district?
A: If you have children at multiple schools, you may complete a survey for each school, or you may choose the school where you would most like to share your voice. The directions and your username for the survey are being sent home via email.  Please complete your survey response by November 24.