Once every ten years the US Census Bureau counts every person in the United States, regardless of immigration status. In March, BUSD families will receive a postcard detailing how they can safely and confidentially complete their Census form online or request a paper form. The 2020 Census will be the first Census to rely heavily on online responses.
Why it’s Important to Be Counted
California schools receive $7 Billion in federal funding, which is impacted by a complete and accurate Census Count. Census numbers are used to allocate, monitor, and evaluate education programs. The 2020 Census will also determine the number of representatives California has in the U.S. House of Representatives and the number of votes we have in the Electoral College. Census data will also be used to redraw State Assembly and Senate boundaries.
The 2020 Census is Safe and Secure
- The Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about individuals, households, or businesses even to law enforcement agencies.
- Census information can only be released after 72 years.
- All U.S. Census Bureau staff take a lifetime oath to protect your personal information, and any violations come with a penalty of up to $250,000 and/or up to 5 years of prison.
BUSD is Co-Sponsoring a Census Town Hall meeting for the community to learn more about how the Census works and why it’s important to get counted.
Date: Thursday, Feb 20
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Place: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley