Bloom Township High School District 206 is partnering with the City of Chicago Heights, Homewood Science Center, and the U.S. Census Bureau to spread the word about the 2020 Census to help achieve a complete and accurate count of the U.S. – and Our community – population.
Why the Census is important:
The census is a count of every person who lives in the United States and its territories. It happens every 10 years. In early 2020, all residents will be asked to count everyone who lives in their home as of April 1.
Getting a complete count in 2020 requires everyone’s help. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and especially schools have a role to play in making sure our community is accurately counted when the federal government determines how to distribute more than $675 billion annually for new roads, hospitals, housing, schools and other important projects.
Bloom Township High School District 206 will be doing its part to maximize participation by all residents. This includes partnering with a local Complete Count Committee made up of community stakeholders who can help raise awareness about the importance of the census, particularly with historically undercounted populations such as renters, families with young children and immigrants.
What’s new with the Census in 2020?
There are some key changes to the process for the 2020 Census. For instance, the internet will be the primary response option for the first time.
While a paper form will still be available, individuals will be able to complete the 2020 Census form online, or by phone or mail. Complete Count Committees will play a critical role in educating residents about these and other key changes to the Census.
Social media content
Social media is a great way to reach audiences and share helpful information about the 2020 Census. The U.S. Census Bureau has created a number of sample posts to use on social media channels:
Responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way.
By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.
The 2020 Census is hiring in Our community!
As a Census Enumerator (or Census Taker), you will ensure everyone in our community is counted. An accurate count ensures that the Our community receives its share of federal funding and accurate representation in congress.
Pay rates are competitive, and can be found on the Census website. The Census offers a flexible work schedule – you can be a Census taker even if you are retired or work full time. Travel and training are compensated, and you work in and around Our community.
Apply online at www.2020census.gov/jobs. If you’re unsure about joining the Census team, you should still submit an application – the Census will contact you when enumerators are needed.
Resources for schools
The once-a-decade population count serves as the basis for distributing federal assistance to schools and educational institutions, including Title I aid, the National School Lunch Program, and special education grants to states.
Join us to spread the word about the importance of the 2020 Census and help ensure that your students, educators, and community members receive the resources they need.
Resources for counting young children
Newborn babies and young children under five are often missed in the census. Young children who are missed tend to live with large, extended families or with multiple families living under one roof.
It is important to remember that everyone living in a household, temporarily or permanently, relative or friend, needs to be included in the 2020 Census.
Resources for counting renters
Every 10 years, the United States counts everyone living in the country on April 1, regardless of their nationality or living situation. This includes renters.
By participating in the census, renters can help create a better future for Our community and the next generation by providing an up-to-date count of our population.
Property managers are also critical to the success of the 2020 Census. In addition to being a trusted voice among tenants, property managers can share information about the Census with tenants and make sure census takers have access to properties to help complete their form if they haven’t already done so.
In conjunction with Homewood Science Center, Bloom Township High School District is providing this information to our students, families, and community members. Every child counts!2308_001