School Climate and Environment

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS RELATED TO SCHOOL CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT
What is school climate?

According to the National School Climate Center (NSCC):

School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. School climate is based on patterns of students’, parents’ and school personnel’s experience of school life and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices and organizational structures.

The district has been working closely with the nationally recognized NSCC to formulate a plan for gathering data about school climate in each of our schools. Visit www.schoolclimate.org to learn more about the National School Climate Center, the services it provides and how the company has helped school districts across the nation. The district will be asking parents and staff to provide feedback, via a survey, for several years. This mult-year approach allows district leadership to gain important insight into our school buildings.

Who is overseeing the gathering of data about school climate?

The District Leadership Committee (DLC), consisting of representatives from both the district and school level administration, faculty and parents, was tasked with organizing data collection. Individual school collection is being coordinated by each building’s Building Leadership Committee(BLC).

What can parents do?

Parents and staff will be asked to spend 20 minutes filling out an online survey, or Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) each year. Information and a link will be provided.

NSCC compiles all of the results and conducts a thorough data analysis, which is then sent to the school district. The findings are reported to the District Leadership Committee.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

All information collected is, and always will be, anonymous. Staff and parent names, student names, birth dates or any identifying facts about the person responding to the questionnaire are not requested at any time. All responses are private. Information from parents, staff and students is combined and reported for each school group and for the district as a whole. All data is held securely in the NSCC survey database through the entire process. Under no circumstances are the surveys and results traceable by the Monroe-Woodbury School District.

Initial Results from School Climate Survey

Dr. Eric Hassler presented to the Board of Education on October 15, 2015 the preliminary results from the School Climate Survey taken in the district in June 2015. A second presentation of updated results was made on October 26, 2016.

A long-term strategy

The district will work with NSCC on a multi-pronged, long-term strategy to gain an in-depth understanding of our school climate and how the district can best meet the needs of our students and their families. District leadership will continue working with the NSCC for several years, always with the overarching goal in mind: How do we best serve the students and families of this district?