UGDSB to launch Student Census this fall

GUELPH – This fall, the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) is launching the “UGDSB Counts Student Census.” 

The census is a confidential, voluntary survey for all students in the UGDSB. The goal of the census is to better understand the cultural, social and demographic diversity of local students.

UGDSB officials state the board recognizes the disproportionate impact on students who are racialized and have identities connected to the margins. 

“We will use the results of the survey to better understand these impacts, so we can make positive change,” board officials say.

UGDSB Counts is an online survey that will ask questions about:

– first languages;

– Indigenous status;

– ethnicity/cultural origins;

– racial background;

– religious/spiritual affiliation;

– gender;

– sexual orientation;

– disabilities;

– citizenship; and

– socio-economic status.

For kindergarten to Grade 8, parents/caregivers will complete the survey on behalf of, or with their child. A survey link will be sent to parents’/legal guardians’ email addresses.

In Grades 9 to 12, students will complete the survey. A survey link will be sent to each student’s UGDSB email address. Time will be provided in class for completion.

Additional information about the UGDSB Counts Student Census will be shared in the late summer and early fall. 

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