Dear Bayport-Blue Point Community,

 

I just wanted to send everyone a quick reminder about the 2020 Census. By now, you should have received an invitation in the mail for the 2020 Census.

As you may be aware, individuals across the United States will be asked to take part in the 2020 Census this spring. There are several reasons why this national survey is important for us locally in Bayport-Blue Point. Here are a few fast facts to keep in mind:

 

The census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is required by the U.S. Constitution. The official census day is April 1, 2020 but you can enter the information now.

  • The census can be completed online, on paper, by phone or directly to a census worker.
  • Census data is used to decide how much funding our region receives for resources such as hospitals, schools, roads, health insurance, public works and much more. This census data will be used to help determine funding for Bayport-Blue Point’s Title I grants, special education grants and support through the National School Lunch Program.
  • Census data also helps to determine the number of representatives we have in Congress. An undercount would limit our voices and representation.
  • The census only happens once every 10 years, meaning that the data-driven changes made as a result of this year’s participation will be in effect until 2030. Therefore, under-participation could mean our schools are underfunded for the next decade.

Above all things, the census is simple and safe to fill out. It can be answered in about 10 minutes or less. The data collected is completely private, as a census worker can face severe fines or even jail time if they share any responses.

 

Please be assured, every single person counts when it comes to the census, including young children and infants. It should be seen as a tool for empowerment and one that will help bring our community together and ensure the bright future our region deserves.

 

For more information about this important issue, please visit https://educationvotes.nea.org/2019/05/13/the-2020-census-could-make-or-break-your-public-schools-heres-why/

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Timothy Hearney

Superintendent of Schools