Sarasota County School District encouraging students, parents and staff to complete annual survey

Survey available on district website through April 20

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Each year, the Sarasota County School District conducts what is known as a “climate survey,” with the goal of understanding better how the school district is operating, staff is reminding the public.

Students, parents and staff are invited to provide their comments “about how their school or workplace is meeting their needs and expectations in such areas as communication, curriculum, management, school safety, academics, maintenance of facilities and parent involvement,” a district news release points out.

“Information received from parents and guardians through the survey is particularly helpful in measuring satisfaction with school services and in identifying areas that could be improved,” the release says.

“Staff and students generally take the survey at their worksite or school. Most parents and guardians take the survey at home,” the release adds. District parents and guardians were to have been sent a telephone message via the district’s automated calling system, inviting them to respond to the survey, the release continues.

The survey will be posted on the Sarasota County School District website at from April 6 to April 20, the release notes. Respondents may take the survey by clicking on the “School Climate Survey” link for both parents and students in the Hot Topics section on the right side of the homepage, the release explains. The parent survey has been translated into the five languages other than English, reflecting those most often spoken in students’ homes, the release says: Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese and Haitian Creole.

Individual responses will be kept anonymous, the release notes.

“District administrators strongly encourage all families with children in the district to take the survey,” the release continues, as the results “will be helpful in guiding decisions.”

“Parents who do not have internet access may take the survey at any Sarasota County school or any Sarasota County public library,” the release points out. Those not able to pursue such options may call the district office to have a copy of the survey mailed to them, the release adds.

More information about the climate survey is available via a link on the Hot Topics section on the homepage of the district’s website. Anyone with questions about the survey may call the district Research, Assessment and Evaluation Department at 941-927-9000, Ext. 32257, the release notes.