Letter to TLDSB families: 2024 Student Census

Dear TLDSB families,

Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) is committed to understanding and meeting the learning needs of all students. We believe that all members of the school community deserve to work and learn in a safe and caring learning environment. Equity, achievement, and well-being are interconnected and the Board believes that all students can achieve their own personal success when barriers to equity and inclusion are removed.

As the communities we serve grow, we welcome and value the experiences and perspectives of each person and the richness diversity brings. As part of our commitment to continued progress towards equity and inclusion for all, the Board is undertaking a voluntary Student Census starting on February 26, to collect identity-based demographic information. The data collected from students will provide the school system with valuable information that will help to improve strategic planning, programming, and services with a focus on student achievement and engagement. Once fully compiled, a report of the data will be shared with our families without identifying information to help our communities better understand our population.

The Student Census is confidential and voluntary, but not anonymous. Individual responses, and all personal student and family information will remain strictly confidential protected under the freedom of information and protection of privacy legislation. Census questions are grade-level appropriate, consistent with The Ontario Curriculum, Health and Physical Education (2019).

For students in Kindergarten to Grade 6, one census per student is to be completed by parents/guardians with their child online or on paper. Paper copies will be available upon request at the school. Grade 7 to 12 students will have the opportunity to complete the census in class. As this is a voluntary census, parents/guardians can choose to opt their child out of participation by completing the Census Opt-out Google Form.

You can learn more about the Census by visiting the Student Census page on the Board’s website. If you have further questions or would like additional information, please contact the TLDSB Equity Task Force at [email protected].

Thank you for continuing to help us be better together.

Wes Hahn
Director of Education
Trillium Lakeland District School Board

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