The Basics

WHAT AND WHO IS THIS SURVEY FOR?
This survey is for parents and guardians of students with disabilities and/or complex learners in the British Columbia education system. It is intended to document exclusions of students and to encourage the province and school districts to track and examine their own data on exclusions, in order to find the best solutions to this global issue.

The purpose of this survey is to find out more about the practice of exclusion* of students with special needs and/or disabilities from BC K-12 schools, by surveying parents and guardians of these students on an as-needed basis through the 2020/2021 school year. We conducted this same survey for the first time in the 2018/2019 school year, with mostly the same questions. Response options have been updated to reflect the wide variety of "other" responses received, and to reflect the evolving nature of education during the global pandemic.

*Exclusion is, under the School Act, actually sometimes a suspension and the rules that govern this should be laid out in School Board policy in your District. Ask your school or District why your child has been suspended.

WHAT WILL THE DATA BE USED FOR?
The data collected here will be used to create a series of reports. The reports will be snapshots of the data over time, and will be used to highlight some of the issues and practices that may lead to student exclusion*, from the perspective of the parents and guardians of these students. The reports will be shared with Districts and School Boards, the Ministry of Education, and media.

Your email address will be collected as a method of validating your identity as a human and an individual, but will not be associated with the data when shared in the report. You will not be added to any mailing lists unless you opt in below to the BCEdAccess mailing list, and your contact information will not be shared in any way. All emails except those who opted in to the mailing list will be deleted from any records we may have upon publishing of the survey report. Individual responses will not be given to any third party. Text responses may be shared in the report as standalone quotes if identifying information is not contained within them.

WHO IS BCEdAccess?
BCEdAccess, as an organization of parents, guardians and allies in British Columbia, supports the rights of children and youth with special needs and/or disabilities to achieve equitable access to a quality education in accordance with international human rights law, and full inclusion and participation in their schools and communities.

BCEdAccess has been operating as a grassroots volunteer advocacy organization for over 5 years, and is now the BCEdAccess Society, a non-profit organization.
Learn more and support our organization here: https://bcedaccess.com

***COMPLETING THE SURVEY IMPLIES THAT YOU AGREE WITH THE INFORMATION IN THE ABOVE DISCLAIMER.***

INSTRUCTIONS:
If you are a Parent &/or Legal Guardian of a student with special needs and/or disabilities in BC, fill this form out EACH TIME your child is excluded from school.
If you are unsure of how to answer the questions, please feel free to make use of the short answer spaces throughout the survey.

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* 1. Send me reports from this survey and information from BCEdAccess

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* 2. What is your email address?

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* 7. If you switched types of schooling, why? Check all that apply.

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* 8. Did you fill out the Exclusion Tracker last year (2019-20)?

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* 9. Does your child have a special needs designation?

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* 11. Today's Date -(This tracking form is for incidents during 2020/2021 school year)

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* 12. Did the School Team inform you of these guidelines regarding Inclusive Education? "Students who require more support in school must have full-time, in-class instruction available without any delays. Students who need to stay at home because they are immuno-compromised should have an at-home learning plan and be provided with an educational program by their school district." (Read the full Press Release)

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* 14. Was the exclusion just today, or multiple days? If so, how many? (Please take note of holidays or Pro-D days)

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* 16. Was the child's usual support personnel absent?

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* 18. Was your child physically restrained? (these are the full Ministry definitions)

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* 19. Do you need advocacy support? If "yes", your responses here will be shared with InclusionBC so that they can contact you.

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* 20. If you would like advocacy support, please include your name and best phone number to reach you. (Optional) 

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* 21. Is there anything else about the Exclusion that you would like to include?

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* 22. Were your child's support hours reduced for the 2020/21 school year? (Note - this is generally decided in Spring, and you'll have to ask your school team)

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* 23. If yes, were you able to get their support hours reinstated?

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* 24. What were the Hours reduced to?

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