Have you received your survey yet? It's online at the SPS website and was mailed to families.
Unfortunate, neither the paper version or online version allows you to elaborate. The answers to these questions are only going to give the broadest outlines about what parents want or don't get. It's unlikely to help the district understand why parents don't participate more in their child's school.
I wish it had been a different survey for elementary versus middle/high school parents. The answers would be very different because, for example, if you are asked about homework policy, well, it varies from teacher to teacher in middle/high school.
The question about volunteering is a bit muddled because it asks about the school communicating and not teacher or PTA volunteering.
Also, here is blurb from the Seattle Council PTSA about an error on page 2 of the survey:
"You recently received a Family Survey from Seattle Public Schools. Please return this survey in the postage-paid, self-addressed envelope or take the on-line survey at www.seattleschools.org by June 17, 2008. The survey is available in 8 languages.
Note there is an error in the English version of the paper survey. On page 2, the first response column in Section IV should read STRONGLY DISAGREE instead of STRONGLY AGREE. The on-line version is correct. This is an important step in helping our schools improve their ability to reach and engage families - thank you for doing your part!"
They put Strongly Agree in the bookend columns instead of using Strongly Disagree at one end. Hard to believe someone didn't catch this but fyi.