Dear Parent, Guardian, or other Legally Responsible Adult:

Our school is getting ready to administer an annual school climate and culture survey called Conditions for Learning to students in grades 3-12. This survey administration is required by the state’s plan to meet a federal law called the Every Student Succeeds Act. Buildings in our district will conduct the survey between the dates of April 8th and May 10th. All Iowa public school districts will use the Conditions for Learning Survey to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment so that all Iowa students have optimum conditions for learning. Our work to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment will have a lasting impact on the future.  

Iowa measures conditions for learning by asking the real experts each year – STUDENTS.  This is their chance to make their voice heard, and we intend to listen.  Studies have shown this work matters.  Improving skills such as solving problems, working out conflict, and working with other people in a group has led to double-digit increases on achievement test scores, improved classroom behavior and improved attitudes.

All public schools in Iowa will use the statewide online Survey to assess the Conditions for Learning in their school grades 3 through 12. Southeast Polk Schools will receive timely data annually at the building level in the fall to support alignment of professional development with identified needs of students.

We will ask your child to simply fill out a confidential [private] survey.  The survey will focus on issues ranging from student safety, to positive student relationships, to school rules and how they are enforced. A high rate of participation by students in completing the Conditions for Learning Survey is important for obtaining the most complete school climate data for our school.  Support from you in communicating to your students that this is their chance to be heard and to be part of the effort to improve conditions for learning at their school is critical.

Thank you for partnering with Southeast Polk Schools to improve conditions for learning throughout the state.  Included in this letter is an overview of this opportunity, as well as:

  1. An informational summary about the student surveys
  2. A written refusal form if you do not want your child/children to participate in completing the Survey

Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you again!

Sincerely,
Dr. Dirk Halupnik, Superintendent of Schools
Southeast Polk Community Schools