Survey for students in York Region asks about sexual orientation, drugs and bullying

Some deep questions being asked in a survey being given to York Region District School Board students ths month.

The Toronto Sun obtained a copy of the Student Climate Survey for Grades 5-12 which asks students about sexual orientation, drugs, alcohol and living situations.

Sample YRDSB Student Survey Questions

For Grade 5 to 6 students:

Are you?

Male

Female

Gender Diverse

Prefer not to be identified by gender

For Grades 9-12 students

What is your sexual orientation”

Asexual

Bisexual

Gay

Heterosexual/straight

Intersex

Lesbian

Queer

Questioning

Two-spirit

Don’t know

I prefer not to say

I do not see myself reflected above

There are around 50 questions on the survey and was sent out the week of March 23.

A spokesman for education minister Mitzie Hunter told The Toronto Sun it's part of the amendment made to the Education Act in 2012 to "mandate that every school board conduct anonymous school climate surveys of students, parents and staff at least every two years."

The survey must include quesitons on bullying related to gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and sexual harassment.  The ministry provided sample surveys, but the spokesman said school boards could use ones they developed themselves.

The Toronto Sun reports the YRDSB survey also asks students about the environment, religion and whether they are happy with their lives.

The survey is anonymous, confidential and is voluntary, so students do not have to complete it. 

YRDSB spokesperson Christina Choo-Hum told the Toronto Sun students can skip questions and time will be provided to them during the school day to complete it.

There will be a survey for staff sent out this month and one for parents in May.