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Annual parent survey shows appreciation for staff members and family engagement, provides opportunities for improvement

Every year Lake Stevens School District surveys families to measure perception of schools and district, and to gather feedback about programs, instruction and opportunities for students.

The 2017-18 survey was shared with parents and guardians in June 2018. A total of 1,011 people participated. Of those, 82 percent identified themselves as mothers.

The survey included 26 multiple choice questions, with opportunities to provide short answers to two of the questions. The majority of the questions were similar to those used in previous surveys to provide for analysis over time.

Survey results were shared with district and school administrators in August. Principals then shared the feedback with their staff members as part of preparation for this school year. Survey feedback was also incorporated into the goals and strategies of each School Improvement Plan, which were presented to the Board of Directors in October. This feedback is also referenced throughout the school year to identify strengths and areas of opportunity when making decisions.

Survey Highlights

  • 81 percent of respondents agree or strongly agree that they feel welcome at their child’s school
  • 85 percent of respondents agree or strongly agree that they respect the school’s principal
  • 80.28 percent of respondents agree or strongly agree that the school performs well academically
  • 84.77 percent of respondents agree or strongly agree that they know how well their child is progressing academically
  • 82 percent of respondents graded their child’s school at an A or a B
  • Respondents were asked to identify how they want to receive communication from our schools and district. Email, mobile app notifications and websites were the top three reponses.

Opportunities for Improvement
Survey feedback provided opportunities for improvement in these overall areas:

Additional school buses were purchased this school year and a new south satellite parking lot was created at Cavelero Mid High School. The additional buses and the new south satellite helped increase the number of bus routes offered, while reducing the amount of time students spend on buses each day. A new radio system was purchased and is being installed in all buses in early 2019. The new system will help streamline communication between buses and the Transportation Department—especially during field trips and bus runs outside of Lake Stevens. The district is also in the process of inputting bus routes into Skyward, the student management system, which will allow staff members to more quickly and efficiently contact families when buses are late or involved in emergency situations.

Lunch times for elementary school students
During the 2017-18 school year, elementary school lunch schedules were reviewed and adjusted to allow students more time to eat. This school year, many schools were able to reduce the number of needed lunch sessions since elementary enrollment was reduced with the opening of Stevens Creek.

Safety, security and supervision  
The district has numerous safety systems and practices in place, including School Resource Officers who support all schools; emergency response protocols that are routinely practiced in all school; door access controls, intrusion detection systems and video security in each school; a SafeSchool Tip Line to anonymously report unsafe behaviors, and mental support services for students.

Parking and parent drop-off and pick-up
Some of the most congested roadways in Lake Stevens—for 20 minutes twice-a-day September through June—are school parking lots. Each school has designated pick-up and drop-off areas and guidelines that are designed to keep students safe. Familiarize yourself with the guidelines that are specific to your child’s school. If you have questions or suggestions for improvement, talk with your child’s principal.

An overview of all the multiple choice responses is available here. (Note: The first four questions of the survey were demographical and are not included in this report.)