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Student Census

Know MeAt the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board we are committed to knowing every student and fostering a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

That’s why we are launching Know Me, a WECDSB Census designed for students to tell us more about themselves so that we can better meet their needs.

Know Me is being launched this year through a pilot initiative for Grade 9-12 students at Assumption College Catholic High School and Catholic Central High School, but will eventually be expanded to all WECDSB schools. The pilot will provide the opportunity to learn, understand and refine the process of newly introduced data collection requirements prior to system-wide implementation.
For more information what we learned from the pilot project, please select the Pilot Project Findings menu item on the left.

As part of an Ontario initiative, we will be asking questions on identity based on the Ontario Human Rights Code. These include: Indigenous identity, race, ethnic origin, religion, first language, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, status in Canada and socioeconomic status. Some questions are bound by the Anti-Racism Data Standards, under the Anti-Racism Act (2017).  For reference purposes only, a copy of the questions that will be asked can be found in the menu on the left side of this page.

The census will take approximately 15 minutes, and will be completed online, during class time. Students will be provided with a link to the survey through mytools2go account.

Families will receive a parent letter/consent form for the student census. If parents decide not to have their child participate, then they can complete the bottom portion of the letter and return it to the school principal by November 12, 2021. Participation is voluntary; students can choose not to participate in the survey, or only answer some of the questions. They can also stop participating if they change their mind.  All responses will be confidential: students will not be identified by their name. 

The confidential information that students provide will be linked to other data available at the Board to improve planning for their learning. We are interested in the experience of all students. We will summarize the information provided and communicate the results.

We want to hear the voices of all our students. If you have any questions regarding the WECDSB census, please do not hesitate to contact your principal.

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