What is the U.S. Census?
Why is it important to Fulton County Schools?
The United States Constitution mandates a census -- which is a nationwide population count -- to occur every 10 years, and the last one was conducted in 2010. It is necessary to collect updated information because allocation of federal, state and local funds, as well as apportionment of geographic districts for elected offices, are determined by population. As communities grow or become smaller, knowing the size of the community becomes important for planning the future.
As for Fulton County Schools, there must be an accurate count of the population in our communities so public schools can receive appropriate funding and resources for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, and more.
When does the 2020 Census occur?
In mid-March, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin sending instructions for individuals to register with the Census. Individuals and households be will able to respond by mail, phone or online, with online registration closing in August.
April 1 is “Census Day,” an observance that serves as a national celebration and awareness day. 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. Beginning in May, Census workers will conduct in-person interviews in zip codes identified as “Hard to Count” areas. The final report is due to the President and Congress in December 2020.
How is Fulton County Schools supporting the Census?
Because of their unique reach and relationships with families, school systems are helping to share information about the Census. In Georgia, there are "Local Complete Count Committees" (LCCC) in every county and city, and Fulton County Schools is partnering with these LCCCs to make sure our communities are represented. Fulton County Schools is not conducting the population count. We are only sharing information so our families understand why it is important to be counted in the Census and how they can be involved.
Where can I get more information?
The U.S. Census and Georgia Census 2020 websites have helpful resources. See links on this page.