The 2020 Census: How It Affects Our Schools and Students

How Does the 2020 Census Affect Our Schools and Students?

You might not have thought much about the census in the past, but participating in it is more important for the Cairo-Durham Central School District and its students than you may realize.

Your responses to the 2020 Census determine how much of $675 billion in federal funds are allocated to our district and our students for the next 10 years.

Support for public school services and programs is just one of many reasons why an accurate 2020 Census count is crucial to communities like Cairo-Durham. Accurate census data also determines how much federal funding is provided for:

  • local community improvement construction projects;
  • job training programs;
  • food assistance (including free and reduced-price school lunches);
  • Title I funds, which provide financial assistance to local schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families;
  • and many other social services.

By participating in the 2020 Census, you will be shaping the Cairo-Durham community’s future for the next 10 years and beyond.

2020 Census Confidentiality

We understand the idea of sharing information for the 2020 Census seems unappealing for some. However, it’s important to remember that your 2020 Census responses are completely confidential and your personal information cannot be used against you in any way.

Your responses are entirely protected under federal law and used for statistical purposes only by the U.S. Census Bureau. No other government agency or court system can use or even access your census responses. There are no exceptions to this rule.

2020 Census Resources

Look through the resources below for more information about the 2020 Census, how it affects school districts like Cairo-Durham and the confidentiality of your personal information: