Board Passes Resolution in Support of Census Awareness
Feb. 12. 2020— The 2020 Census is taking place this spring, and the Guilford County Board of Education passed a resolution Tuesday to show its commitment to supporting a fair and accurate count.
Census data is used to distribute billions of dollars of federal funds as well as to determine electoral districts. GCS receives about $59 million in federal funding, for programs such as school breakfast and lunch, Career and Technical Education, special education and professional learning for teachers.
The school board’s resolution notes that large urban areas are often undercounted, in part because of language barriers and concerns about how Census data will be used. By law, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information to law enforcement agencies, ensuring that the private data it collects is protected and that answers cannot be used by any government agency or court.
Households will begin to receive Census information in the mail in mid-March. This year, families can complete the census online, by phone or by mail. Click here to learn more.