Creating Positive School Climate
The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) recognizes that providing students with an opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and respectful society is a shared responsibility in which school boards and schools play an important role. A safe, inclusive and accepting learning environment that promotes healthy relationships and behaviours is essential for student success and well-being. Using a whole school approach, in an inclusive social climate based on caring and respectful relationships, among and between students, the adults in the school, parents/guardians and School Administrators is a necessary supporting condition for learning.
What is a “Positive School Climate”?
School climate may be defined as:
“the learning environment and relationships found within a school and school community. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, included, and accepted, and actively promote positive behaviours and interactions. Principles of equity and inclusive education are embedded in the learning environment to support a positive school climate and a culture of mutual respect. A positive school climate is a crucial component of the prevention of inappropriate behaviour.”
Policy/Program Memorandum No. 145, “Progressive Discipline and Promoting Positive Student Behaviour” (December 5, 2012)
School Climate Survey
In continuing to work toward our schools being safe and welcoming spaces, we believe student, staff and community input is valuable. As part of this belief, and through Ministry direction as outlined in Policy/Program Memorandum No. 145 Progressive Discipline and Promoting Positive Student Behaviour, our schools conduct school climate surveys every two years.
The DSBN School Climate Survey is an opportunity for students in Grades 4-12, staff and parents to provide information about their experiences of well-being, acceptance, inclusion and school safety. It is a web-based survey that is voluntary and designed to be anonymous and confidential. The data from the survey is used to support schools to inform decisions about programs and strategies to build and sustain a positive school climate.