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School district looking for feedback from parents

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LAS VEGAS -- For 11 years in a row, the Clark County School District has issued its annual parents survey.

The district says this questionnaire helps it gauge how schools are doing when it comes to issues like safety and academics, and how teachers and staff are responding to students and parents needs.

The problem is, schools are having a tough time getting parents to fill them out.

Parents say they either didn't know about the survey, or they didn't think their answers would really make a difference.

However, the school district says how parents answer the questionnaire does matter, and it has made changes in the school system over the years in response to the feedback.

For the past few years, parents of Clark County students have been able to log on to a web portal called Parentlink. It is where families can get all kinds of information on students from grades to attendance to daily assignments.

CCSD Deputy Superintendent Kim Wooden says this online service came about as a result of feedback received from its annual parents survey.

"Basically, what we have heard is we are not getting communication from our schools," Wooden said.

On this survey, parents get to answer a variety of questions ranging from: "I feel welcome by my teachers at my child's school" to "my child is learning basic skills such as reading, writing, and math."

"That is what is valuable about this survey, because you want to know where successes are and you want to know where you need to show improvement," Wooden said.

Wooden says every school gets to see the results of the annual survey and see how they rank. The school board then works with campuses that don't connect well with students and parents through more training of teachers and staff.

"Parents should do their part, and if they don't, they shouldn't complain about it," parent Alma Perez said.

Perez's three children attend Tate Elementary School in northeast Las Vegas. She says this survey, which comes out once a year, is a good thing, but the regular interactions parents have with the principal and staff are more important.

"If you want to make a difference, they have resources, all you have to do is ask for it," Perez said.

Families have until May 26 to fill out the survey. CCSD says the questionnaire is anonymous and parents shouldn't be afraid to speak their mind.

"We really would like suggestions. We would like this to be a suggestion box once a year," Wooden said.

To fill out the survey, go to ccsd.net/district/surveys/parent/. For people who do not have access to a computer, CCSD says they can get a paper copy at their students' school.

By the way, a similar survey also comes out every year for staff and students to fill out.

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