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Shape Your Future Census 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 The Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) is encouraging all of our parents/guardians, staff, and community members to take part in the United States Census.  The Census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.

 The Census 2020 count impacts the over $700 billion in federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, students, and younger children.

 In DVUSD these funds are critical in supporting programs and services including: special education, Title I, after school programs, food and nutrition assistance, preschool and summer school, and various health programs for children.

 Below you will see more information regarding the purpose of Census 2020, the impact of Census 2020, and how to participate in Census 2020.

The Purpose of Census 2020

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, schools, congressional representation, and more. 

The Impact of Census 2020

The 2020 Census count impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, students, and younger children, such as:

  • Special education, Head Start, after-school programs, and classroom technology
  • Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches
  • Maternal and child health programs

Census data is used to fund federal programs for schools. In Arizona, districts use federal funding to support school programs such as: school nutrition, after school, special education, English Language Learners, Native American students, farm workers, youth experiencing homeless, and Head Start programs. Your participation matters. Counting all children, even those in preschool, is essential for Arizona’s schools to receive their fair amount of funding. 

How to participate in Census 2020

Census Day was April 1, 2020. Data collection began in March 2020 and continues through July 2020. Households should have received a postcard with instructions for completing the census beginning in March 2020. Non-response follow up will go from May through July. Participate in the 2020 Census here.

The Census Never Asks for: credit card numbers, your immigration status, your social security number.

Additional information about the safety of participating in Census 2020:

The Census is Safe

  • Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about individuals, households, or businesses even to law enforcement agencies.
  • Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce statistics- these cannot be used against you!
  • All U.S. Census bureau staff take a lifetime oath to protect your personal information and any violation comes with a penalty of up to five years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine. This is the law. When will it be conducted? 


Additional Census information

Make the 2020 Census Count

Census responses

Count all kids census 2020

Counting young children


2020 Census and confidentiality


Sample Census questions

Census 2020 Infographic
Infographic by MRHS student Mikayla Keys