Frequently Asked Questions
Grade 4 to 12
What is the purpose of the Peel District School Board's
The census findings will help the board and our schools to:
- better understand student populations and school communities
- identify and eliminate barriers to student success, inclusion and well-being
- establish effective programs and reallocate resources to where they are needed most
What types of questions are included in the
Student Census consists of approximately 30 multiple choice questions about student identity, family characteristics, school experiences and student well-being.
Does my child need to answer every question on the census?
Student Census is voluntary. Students or parents/guardians may choose to skip questions if they do not wish to provide answers, or they can choose not to participate at all. However, it's important to note that the higher the completion rate, the richer and more reliable the information will be for school improvement and program planning.
Can I view a copy of the
Student Census before my child participates?
Yes. A copy of the census is available at
How will my child's responses be kept confidential?
When the census is distributed to students, it will include an insert with the student's name. This is the only page with the student's identity. Students will be instructed to remove this insert before submitting their completed census. The completed questionnaires will have no personally identifiable information on them and will be sealed by the student in an envelope. Teaching staff will be available to help if students require clarification on a question, but they will not view any responses in order to protect the student's privacy.
Completed questionnaires—with no identifiable information (ex. name or student number)—will be sealed in an envelope by the student, and will be shipped by each school to a secure, external company contracted by the Peel board to scan and process responses. This confidential database will only be accessed by research staff at the Peel board for analysis and research purposes. These steps comply with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).
What is the difference between a confidential census and an anonymous census?
Student Census is confidential, but it is not anonymous. Census questionnaires are labelled with a unique code linked to each student's ID number. This unique code allows the board's Research Department to analyze responses while also using other previously collected data (ex. address, languages spoken at home, grades, etc.), resulting in a more thorough understanding of Peel students. No personal identification—such as a student name or ID number—will appear on the questionnaire as the student is filling it out. This is to ensure that the information provided by students will remain confidential.
Does my child need to be present when I fill out the K-3 questionnaire?
The aim of the
Student Census is to capture the voice of all students. You are encouraged to complete the census with your child to capture their thoughts and experiences.
I have multiple children in kindergarten to grade 3. Do I need to fill out a separate census for each student?
Yes, you will need to fill out a separate census for each child. Each questionnaire has a unique, specific code linked to each student's ID.
How will census data be used?
Once responses are processed and analyzed, the Peel board's Research Department will produce a series of reports to help inform board and school decision-making for programs and instruction. Summarized data may also be shared with community partners and government agencies to help them improve their services to best meet the needs of their communities. Data reports or analysis will never single out a student. By law, the Peel board cannot reveal individualized information for any student/parent who completes the census.