Important information regarding WHY Survey – a joint survey between UGDSB and WDG Public Health

Posted November 8, 2019

This year Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health are collecting information on student health and well-being from youth, parents and school staff. The Well-Being and Health Youth Surveys are designed to help us understand how well we are doing creating safe, welcoming, and inclusive environments in our schools. It also provides important information about the physical and mental health of youth in our area.


Parents and guardians are being asked to complete a parent/guardian survey. Like the student survey, this survey will be confidential and the results will be used in the same manner as the students survey.

Parents will be asked to participate in this optional survey during the month of November. Computers will be available to parents in November during parent/teacher interview night at their child’s elementary school.

The parent/guardian survey can be accessed at


Completion of the survey is not required for your child’s schooling and it won’t affect their grades. Completion of the survey would provide us with valuable information and would be appreciated.

WDGPH and UGDSB have partnered to create one survey to replace our school climate, mental health and youth health surveys. The new survey will provide the information we need to inform programs and supports for students. The results will also help identify opportunities to improve the well-being of children and youth in our community.

The Research Committee of the Upper Grand District School Board has given permission for this study to be carried out at your child’s school. All information collected will be strictly confidential and the students will not be identified individually. Your child’s name and any other information that could identify your child will not be collected in the survey. Your child’s participation is completely voluntary.

Secondary students will be asked to complete this survey during their English Class. Students who do not take English during first semester will have the opportunity to complete the survey in February.

The survey will be conducted at your child’s school November 4th – 15th.

The information is collected under the authority of Board Policy #204 and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this research project, please contact: Blair Hodgson, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, 519-822-2715 ext. 4312, [email protected].

If you would like to speak with a school board representative, please contact Cheryl Van Ooteghem, Superintendent of Education, 519-822-4420 ext.747, [email protected].


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