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‘How much do you feel like you belong at your school?’: New survey from CCSD asks students

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 6:00 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2021 at 6:44 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - It’s not a new survey, and the questions aren’t necessarily new either, but a survey from the Charleston County School District aims to gauge the overall climate of its schools, in addition to students’ mental health.

“There are some upticks and trends that are concerning, um, in connections to mental health and wellness, again, for our staff and our students,” said CCSD Climate Coordinator Megan Bocchino. “I think we’d always want to know the answers to these questions, just kind of as we’re surveying and checking our students and where they are academically.”

CCSD says there is an extra emphasis on hearing students and serving their needs.

“I think what we’re asking for is to hear that student voice in a way that maybe we’ve never had the opportunity to hear before, so we’re trying to be responsive to what they have to tell us about what they need,” said Director of Intervention and Psychological Services Lisa Allison.

“We’re continuing to focus on mental wellness here in CCSD, and we’re hoping to use the Fall climate survey results to help us gain insight not only into the climate of our schools from a student and a staff perspective but also, um, kind of overall wellness of our staff and students,” Allison said.

CCSD officials say these are important questions to ask elementary students - more important than maybe ever. Bocchino said, “Certainly, we’re kind of at a heightened level and need an opportunity, um, for this data to be even more important and at our fingertips, with the mental wellness kind of initiative in focus.”

The survey window is October 13 to October 27. CCSD says that while they do want all students to participate, parents can opt their kids out of the survey by October 10.

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