Parent responses sought on ‘school climate’

The Georgia Department of Education is conducting its annual student health survey, seeking input from parents, teachers, and students to determine school climate ratings.

Take the parent survey online on your smartphone, tablet or computer with this link: http://bit.ly/JCSS_SHSurvey For school system, choose JACKSON COUNTY, then choose your child’s school and grade level and continue through the survey questions. If you have children in more than one school, please take the survey one time for each school. Thank you!The surveys help meet the requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act and guide grant funding as well as school prevention and intervention programs.

THE GEORGIA PARENT SURVEY is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. Those who do not have access to the Internet, can contact their school administrators about dates and times they can complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school.

After choosing whether to take the survey in English or Spanish, parents will select JACKSON COUNTY as the school system from the drop-down list on the first page of the survey, then select the school and grade level(s) for their child/children. Parents with children in more than one school are asked to complete one survey for each school.

The online survey is open through Feb. 28, 2019. Responses are anonymous and go directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. 

In 2011, Georgia was the first state in the nation to include school climate as an early indicator in its academic accountability system.  GSHS 2.0 data results are used to develop a School Climate Star Rating which is used as a diagnostic tool within the College and Career Ready Performance Index to determine if a school is on the right path to school improvement.

Administered every school year between October and February, the GSHS 2.0 is available online without cost to all public and private schools with grades 3-12.  All Georgia public schools (grades 3-12) are required to participate in the GSHS 2.0, and parents can review the student questions and participation options at their children’s schools.

Click here to learn more about the health survey and to see previous results, copies of the student survey questions, and parent opt-out forms on the Georgia Department of Education webpage.