Counting everyone in the 2020 Census is not an easy task and children are frequently among the most undercounted population. You might not have thought much about the census in the past, but participating in it is more important for Troy City Schools and its students than you may realize.
- March 12 – 20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.
- March 30 – April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
- April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
- April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers also begin conducting quality check interviews to help ensure an accurate count.
- May – July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
- December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
How does the 2020 Census affect our schools and students?
Your responses to the 2020 Census determines how much of $675 billion in federal funds are allocated to our district and our students for the next ten years.
Support for public school services and programs is just one of many reasons why an accurate 2020 Census count is crucial to communities like Troy. Accurate census data also determines how much federal funding is provided for childcare, local community improvement construction projects, job training programs and many social services.
You’re shaping Troy’s future for the next ten years and beyond by participating in the 2020 Census.
2020 Census Confidentiality
We understand the idea of sharing information for the 2020 Census seems worrisome for some. However, it’s important to remember that 2020 Census responses are completely confidential and your personal information cannot be used against you in any way.
Your responses are entirely protected under federal law and used for statistical purposes only by the U.S. Census Burea. No other government agency or court system can use or even access your census responses. There are no exceptions to this rule.
In addition, the United States Supreme Court has ruled against adding a citizenship question to the Census.
2020 Census Resources
Look through the resources below for more about the 2020 Census, how it affects school districts like ours and the confidentiality of your personal information.