The mission of the Georgia School Boards Association is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy and services, and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s elected boards of education.
GSBA created this webpage as an online resource for school boards and school districts to build awareness, understanding and action steps for the United States Census.
The Census has been in existence since 1790 and is conducted every 10 years as a count of all people living in the United States. The U.S. Census determines how federal funding is distributed to the states, how lines are drawn for congressional representation and helps our state and communities plan for the future.
The Census counts are directly related to programs that help fund school programs, ranging from school lunches, special education, and healthcare. It supports communities by providing money for transportation, healthcare, and many other services we rely on every day.
The census is: convenient, safe, confidential, readily accessible online, in person or by mail.
Voices for Georgia’s Children & Georgia Family Connection developed resources for explaining the process, resources for sharing and informing, video testimonies, and assistance: https://www.everyonecountsga.org
Timeline: Key Census Dates
March 2020: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail and can begin responding to the 2020 census online at 2020census.gov. Replying by mail or phone is also an option.
April 1, 2020: National Official Census Day. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the Census. Respondents will tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.
May-July 2020: Non-response follow-up beings: Census takers go door-to-door to count people who have not responded to the 2020 Census. Census takers are Census Bureau employees and will provide proof that they are official government personnel.
Dec. 31, 2020: The U.S. Census Bureau delivers the population count and the apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives by state to the president.
2021: Initial 2020 Census data made available to the public on census.gov.