Results of the 2020 census will help fund Fredericksburg City Public Schools (FCPS), which is working to make sure everyone is counted, especially children. The census drives decisions on the annual allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities.
Federal dollars for schools are allocated based on the
number of people and poverty levels in each school district, and includes
support for programs and services such as these:
- Title 1 school resources
- Free and reduced-price lunch
- Head Start
- Special education
- Teacher training
- Classroom technology
- Class size reduction
- After-school programs
Research shows that children have been under counted in every census since the first one in 1790. Children under age 5 have been missed at a higher rate than any other age group due to homelessness, living in hard-to-reach places, immigration status and other factors.
The census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution to
take place every 10 years.
By April 2020, most households will receive an invitation by
mail to participate in the census. There are three options to respond: online,
by phone or by mail. While people are required by law to participate, the
Census Bureau is also required by law to protect answers. All responses are
The census is short (fewer than 10 questions) and simple,
asking for the number of people in a home, along with age, sex, and race.
Students Learn about Census
This year, FCPS students are studying statistics and data
analytics, based partly on materials provided by the United States Census
Bureau. For example, younger students might look at Virginia data to learn
about the types of businesses in the state, such as the number of ice cream
shops. Older students might focus on population density or the median
annual earnings by educational attainment for state residents.
Students are also learning about the importance of the
census so they can help deliver this message to their families. Statistics in Schools week is March
2 through March 6.
Although the Census Bureau educational activities were
developed by teachers for teachers, everyone is welcome to access the
Parent Liaisons Encourage Families to
FCPS Parent liaisons are helping families understand the
local school impact of the national census. They are available to anyone who
has general questions, including about how to complete the census.
Because minority populations are historically
underrepresented in the census, parent liaisons are reaching out to
parents with information offered in the major languages of their communities.
Parent liaisons, based in many schools as a link to
families, are delivering a critical message: All persons living in Fredericksburg
City must be counted–this includes everyone from the Hispanic/Latin, Asian,
and Black/African American communities, regardless of their immigration or
citizenship status. They are also reminding families how easy, important
and safe it is to participate in the census.
April 1, 2020 will be Census Day Learn more at 2020census.gov