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      Ottumwa School District seeking parent feedback

      OHS' parent survey will help improve school climate.

      The Ottumwa School District is looking for parent feedback.

      The district is currently taking responses for a yearly survey through the Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools (IS3) program. Ottumwa High School was selected to participate in the program in March 2011. Since then, the district has formed a committee of students, parents, community members and faculty to help address issues and needs in the district.

      The goal is to improve school climate by focusing on school safety, student engagement and overall school environment. So far, projects have included implementing the 10 Standards of Success, hiring a graduation coach and the Bulldog Block Party held at the start of each year.

      This survey will provide feedback on what can be done next. While it's important to hear from staff and students, the district really wants the parent perspective, as well.

      "Students, it's important because we want to know how they feel here, staff... but [parents] are just an equal partner with us to help these kids be successful," said Megan Wetrich, IS3 Grant Coordinator. "And in order to do that, improving school climate is a part of that."

      Wetrich said the district has received responses from about 9% of parents, but they're looking for 40% participation. If they hit that goal, the district will receive an additional $5,000 through the IS3 Grant. Also, parents can print out the last page of the survey, or screenshot it from a smart phone, and any student who turns it in will be entered in a drawing for an i-Pad.

      The survey is available to be taken through March 14 and is available in English and Spanish. To take the survey, click here.