Count Me In LKDSB
In March 2022, the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) will launch the Count Me In LKDSB Student Census to collect information to better understand our students and school communities in support of equity, inclusion, student achievement and well-being. This initiative is part of the LKDSB's commitment within its Strategic Priority of “Inclusive Diversity: Championing anti-oppressive education."
The Count Me In LKDSB Student Census will reflect information about student populations and school communities to help identify systemic barriers and bias within the education system. It will help to ensure LKDSB is providing effective programming to support student success and well-being, as well as allocate resources to where they are needed most.
What is the Count Me In LKDSB Student Census?
The LKDSB, as directed by the Ontario Ministry of Education and with support, is conducting a voluntary and confidential student census to gather demographic information (such as race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc.). The Ministry of Education requires that the census questionnaires for student in Kindergarten to Grade 8 be sent to parents/guardians to complete with or on behalf of their child. Students in Grades 9-12 will be provided the link to the census directly and will be provided with classroom time to complete.
The purpose of enhancing data collection and performance measurement is to improve the achievement and well-being of all students and more precisely identify and address systemic barriers and disparities.
The Count Me In LKDSB Student Census will allow LKDSB to better understand the student population it serves and assist with the planning and development of policies, procedures and programming that support equitable, inclusive and anti-oppressive education and school environments and be integrated into the Board Improvement and Equity Plan. It will also provide the Ontario Ministry of Education with province-wide information about systemic barriers experienced by students.
The census is confidential but not anonymous. The data collected will be compared with other types of data (e.g., demographic data, school programs, and achievement data) at the Board and school level. This will identify opportunities for growth; monitor progress; and plan strategies to support student achievement and well-being. The data will be securely stored once it has been collected and results will be kept confidential.
The LKDSB will be collecting data for the Count Me In LKDSB Student Census in accordance with the authority of the Education Act and the guidance of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), Anti-Racism Act, the Ontario Data Standards for the Identification and Monitoring of Systemic Racism, and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Also refer to the LKDSB Protection of Student Personal Information Administrative Procedure.
Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions, including why the LKDSB is collecting demographic information about students and how the information will be used and kept confidential.
Identity-based Data Collection Census Questions
The voluntary and confidential student demographic data census will collect information from students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 on the following categories:
- Language(s) First Spoken
- What is the first language(s) you learned to speak as a child?
- Ethnic Origin
- Do you consider yourself a Canadian?
- What is your ethnic or cultural origin(s)?
- In our society, people are often described by their race or racial background. Which racial group(s) best describes you?
- Religion or Spiritual Affiliation
- What is your religion and/or spiritual affiliation?
- Gender Identity
- What is your gender identity? (Note: The administration of this question will be consistent with The Ontario Curriculum, Health and Physical Education, as updated in August 2019)
- Sexual Orientation
- What is your sexual orientation? (Note: The administration of this question will be consistent with The Ontario Curriculum, Health and Physical Education, as updated in August 2019)
- Do you consider yourself to be a person with a disability(ies)?
- If yes, please indicate.
- Status in Canada
- Were you born in Canada?
- If no, please indicate which status designation applies.
- Socio-economic Status
- Parent/Guardian that you currently live with most of the time. Please indicate your relation with this person.
- Please indicate the highest level of education this person completed.
- What is this person's employment status?
Please note: Additional questions may be added to the Count Me In LKDSB Student Census based on Board and community consultation. The final list of questions will be made public in advance of the release of the census on March 1, 2022.
Click here to view Frequently Asked Questions. We understand that you may have additional questions about the Count Me In LKDSB Student Census. Please contact your child's school for more information.