Deadline extended for school’s parent survey |

Deadline extended for school’s parent survey

It’s crunch time for parents of students in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District who have not filled out the district’s 2008 parent survey.

District officials extended the deadline for completion of the survey to solicit more community response, Superintendent Steve Jennings said. The survey asks questions about academics, communication, school culture and emotional and physical well-being.

“In the past the response has not been overwhelming,” Jennings said.

With a district student population of over 4,000, only 385 surveys were filled out last year.

The deadline for the 2008 survey has been extended from late April to May 9, Jennings said. Parent input is strongly considered by the school board when it makes decisions, said Board of Trustees President Kristy Olk.

“We looked at the survey results when deciding on the school calendar,” she said.

Last year the board had suggested shortening the five-day, ski-skate week holiday due in part to parental guidance.

“It is very important for parents to have their voice,” Olk said.

Although filling out the surveys online allows the results to be organized with the “flick of a switch,” Olk said, the surveys are available in hard copy at the school sites and at the district offices in Truckee, she said.

Jennifer Skaff, mother of two elementary school students, said she filled out the survey in part because she feels her voice counts and because it was easy to do online.

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