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Superintendent's Message 2020-03-16

Dear SLCSD parents and families,

You may have already received or will soon receive a post card in your mailbox from the U.S. Census Bureau asking you to fill out the 2020 Census. I join them in asking ask you to please fill out this year’s Census. It is vital to our community and our schools.

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provides the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs. Many of those programs impact our students. 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, Title I funding, after-school programs, and classroom technology.
  • Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches.
  • Maternal and child health programs.

This year, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census will be online. The post card you receive will have instructions on how you can go online to submit your response, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer.

I realize there have been many concerns expressed about the Census: exactly what information will be gathered and how it will be used.  Your personal information is kept confidential. Strict federal laws protect your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual, even to police or other government agencies. The Census Bureau also has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.

The Census will ask for only certain types of information about you and others living with you.

  • Your name
  • Your sex/gender
  • Your telephone number
  • If you live in an apartment, house, or mobile home

The Census will not ask about your citizenship or for any of the following information.

  • Your Social Security number
  • Money or donations
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
  • Your back account or credit card numbers

A complete and accurate Census count is critical for you, our schools, and our community. Please stand up and be counted!

Yours in education,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Salt Lake City School District

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