Tennessee school climate survey closes April 24

Rick Wagner • Apr 22, 2020 at 2:30 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Parents of K-12 public school students in Tennessee: A climate survey local and state education officials want you to take will end Friday.

The statewide survey through the Tennessee Department of Education is for parents and guardians of students in any public school, and separate surveys are available for students with parental or guardian approval.

“We are working to improve conditions for learning in our schools. Students will learn more effectively in a safe, supportive and welcoming environment,” Karen Nave, a supervisor in the Sullivan County Schools central office, wrote in a message to parents. She oversees technology, safety and communications for the 9,000-student school system.

“We would very much appreciate your help by completing the short survey attached. Your perceptions about your child’s school will help us identify what we are doing well and what we need to do better,” Nave wrote. “If you have more than one child in a school, you may pick which one you want to think about when answering the questions. This survey is anonymous. No one will know which answers come from you, and it will not be possible to connect your answers to your child in any way.”

A Kingsport City Schools message about the survey mirrors Sullivan County’s message. The parent survey link for all public school systems in Tennessee can be found at https://parentsurvey2020.questionpro.com. Once a parent or guardian goes to the survey, he or she should choose the appropriate school system and the child’s school.

For questions about completing this survey, contact Zachary Stone with the Tennessee Department of Education at (615) 532-9702 or Zachary. [email protected]

The climate survey also has three age-level versions available for students, with parental or guardian permission.

“We also encourage you to allow your third-12th grader to take a student school climate survey as well. If you would like to preview the survey prior to your child participating, please visit our website to view PDF copies of the survey,” Nave wrote. “The student survey links will not be posted on our website so that students cannot take the survey without parental consent.”

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