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The 2020 U.S. Census: How it impacts local schools

[March 10, 2020]

It’s about that time again. Time for another national headcount.

The 2020 U.S. Census kicks off beginning this month, providing the opportunity for every person living in a household to be counted. That includes children, newborn babies, citizens and noncitizens, relatives and nonrelatives 

How does it help our schools?

The once-a-decade national headcount determines how many federal dollars are allocated to local school districts, including Springfield Public Schools.

Getting an accurate count helps steer millions of dollars a year to SPS to help pay for important programs and services that educate and support students, including:

  • Nutritious breakfasts and lunches to students at low or no cost
  • Funding to aid student learning at schools located in neighborhoods with more lower-income families
  • Vocational classes that help our students develop the knowledge and hands-on skills for technical careers after high school
  • Financial support to provide specialized learning to students with disabilities 

How do I partake? Is my information private?

Families will begin to receive invitations to participate this month. The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to fill out and can be submitted online, by mail or by phone. It asks for basic information, including the number and names of individuals living in a household and their gender and race. There is no question about U.S. citizenship and census data is kept safe and confidential.

For tips on how to get an accurate count, and for more information about the census, visit, or call 301-763-4636 or 800-923-8282. The Springfield School District has no direct role in the census.