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Count Us In - RRDSB Student Census

Count Us In

To fulfill our mission of educating and inspiring all students to achieve their full potential in a safe and caring environment, the Rainy River District School Board conducted a voluntary and confidential Student Census from April 25-May 6, 2022 to better understand the backgrounds, experiences and needs of our students and communities.

Count Us In - RRDSB Student Census gathered identity-based student data to ensure that our programming and resources can be accessed by all students. Are there any barriers in the way of students achieving their very best? For example, do disabilities, language spoken, cultural background, and so on impact student success? No specific students are identified through the data; patterns and trends are identified but not specific students.

View the Student Demographic Survey Report.

The census is a Ministry of Education initiative that is intended to “foster policies, procedures and practices that are equitable and inclusive for all students – regardless of background, social identity or personal circumstances – and that support closing achievement and opportunity gaps.”

Student Census Slideshow

Student Census


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a census?

A census is the collection of data from an entire population or group of people, such as all RRDSB families. It is similar to a survey, although in comparison, a survey collects information from a random sample of individuals rather than from an entire population.

What is the purpose of the staff and student censuses?

School boards across Ontario, including RRDSB, are completing a census with their school communities to gain a clearer understanding of the needs of their student populations and school communities. Under the Anti-Racism Act, 2017 and Ontario’s Education Equity Action Plan, school boards are to collect data and report on the data they collect. The censuses are a tool that will help to identify and address systemic barriers to student success, close gaps in services, and guide decisions that support more equitable outcomes for all students and staff.

What questions are in the census and why should I, or my child, complete it?

Copies of the census are available for review on our website www.rrdsb.com/countusin. The census is voluntary and confidential. Key questions include gender identity, sexual orientation, language(s) spoken, Indigenous identity, ethnicity, race, religion and disabilities. This information will provide us with valuable insight into our staff and students and their lived experiences, assist us to honour their voices, ensure effective programming and allocate resources where they are most needed. The time and effort invested in completing the census makes a difference.

Is parent/guardian consent required before students in Grades 9-12 complete the census?

Formal consent from families is not required. Legislation permits the collection of student data intended for planning and programming purposes. This census is voluntary. Students can choose not to participate, and families can withdraw their child from participation by contacting their child’s principal.

Do I have to answer all the questions?

Respondents may select “I prefer not to answer” for any question, or choose not to participate at all; however, the higher the completion rate, the richer and more reliable the information will be for school improvement and program planning. The census is voluntary and confidential.

How will the census be made available for students/staff with special needs?

To ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate, all necessary accommodations, supports and assistive technology will be provided. The census is available on paper and in large print, if needed.

Is the census anonymous?

The student census is confidential but not anonymous. Responses will be linked to student records so we will be able to use the results to better understand the diversity within our student population and so we can work to ensure equity for students of different backgrounds. Individual responses, like all other personal student and family information, will remain confidential and protected under freedom of information and protection of privacy legislation.

How will responses be kept confidential and secure?

We respect the privacy of our staff, students and families. School boards must adhere to strict privacy and confidentiality standards when collecting personal information. The data will be stored in a secure, confidential data file, that will be accessed only by authorized RRDSB staff. It will be deidentified before sending to a contracted third-party data analyst research company to identify and summarize board trends. The information is collected with strict adherence to, and under the authority of, the Anti-Racism Act, 2017, S.O. 2017, c. 15, the Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.2, and in compliance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.56.

How will the census data be used?

The census data is used to reveal trends or gaps within RRDSB leading to actions for improving school climate, enhancing learning environments and removing barriers for equal opportunities and outcomes. Once responses have been processed and analyzed, RRDSB staff will produce a series of reports to share the findings and to help inform Board and school decision-making for programs and instruction. Data reports or analyses will never single out a student or staff member. By law, no individualized information for anyone who completes the census can be released.

What if my child doesn't know their student number and/or password?
In order to complete the census, we invite you to sit down with their child to complete the census together (K-Grade 8). When promoted to log in, the student will log in with their school email address ([email protected]) and password. If your child doesn't know their student number and/or password, please contact your child's school or teacher. 

If you have more questions not covered above, please contact us at
[email protected] or 807-274-9855 ext. 4989.

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