The Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) is launching the Count Me In LKDSB Student Census March 1-25, 2022 to collect information to better understand its students and school communities.
This voluntary and confidential survey will collect demographic information about students, such as race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender identity and sexual orientation. The list of questions is posted on the LKDSB website.
Census questionnaires for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will 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 census is directed and supported by the Ontario Ministry of Education. As noted in the Government of Ontario's Anti-Racism Strategic Plan, all school boards in Ontario will be required to collect race-based data. The results of the student census will identify systemic barriers and bias within the education system. The results will help LKDSB make informed decisions about programming to support student success and allocate resources to where they are needed most.
Education systems have historically not served all students and gaps remain in the learning outcomes of different student groups. LKDSB recognizes that changes need to be made so that all learners are provided opportunities to succeed.
“As noted in the LKDSB's Strategic Priority of “Inclusive Diversity: Championing anti-oppressive education," we are committed to removing barriers to education," said Director John Howitt. “The census will provide us with additional information to better understand individual student needs and our school communities at large, as well as identify and address discrimination and systemic barriers while improving outcomes for all students."
It is expected aggregated results of the census will be reported to the community in Fall 2022 and action steps will be developed.
Parents/guardians with questions about the Count Me In LKDSB student census are encouraged to contact their child's school. For additional information about the census, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit the LKDSB website.
For additional information contact:
Randy Campbell, Chair of the Board, (226) 996-9717
John Howitt, Director of Education, (519) 336-1500 Ext 31297
For reference information contact:
Heather Hughes, Public Relations Officer, (519) 336-1500 Ext 31262