b"CENSUS |COMMUNITYParent University is a stepping stone to future engagement opportunities, said ODonnell. My team is working with parents and community organizations to put systems in place so families feel welcome to have conversations at the school level.Influencing Policy and ProgramsFor those who want to influence broader school issues like district policy, new curriculum, or other major decisions, there are several ways to get involved. Parents and community members can attend a school board meeting and make public comment.Census Day is April 1They can email their elected school board directors directly (highline-schools.org/about/school-board).EVERY TEN YEARS SINCE 1790, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS Seats open up annually on theCONDUCTED A CENSUSa count of every person living in the United States. Capital Facilities Advisory CommitteeOn April 1, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin the 2020 census. Information on (CFAC), which guides schoolhow many people live in a household, whether you rent or own your home, and renovation and rebuilding projects.more will be gathered. This information will be used to paint a portrait of our Committees are formed to providenation and our communities. input on new curriculum, as needed.Census data is used not only to determine the number of representatives in One of the most influential bodiesCongress. It is also used to determine how much of your federal tax dollars flow is the Superintendents Family back to Burien, in the form of health benefits like Medicaid, funding for school Action Committee (FAC), made uplunches, PELL grants for college, and transportation funding used to maintain of parent representatives from everyand improve our local streets and infrastructure. Census data also helps your school in the district. FAC worksgovernment, local nonprofits, schools, and businesses better understand our directly with the superintendent tocommunity.bring family voice to district-levelIts important that everyone be counted. An undercount could mean that decision-making.millions of federal dollars dont make their way back to Burien. It means you and FAC members represent the diver- your community are less visible to the people whose duty it is to serve you. It sity in the Highline school commu- could also mean our state has less of a voice in Congress.nity, including parents of childrenSo when you get the envelope from the U.S. Census Bureau in the mail, make with special needs, those whose firstsure you respond. You can fill out the ten questions online, by mail, or by phone. language is not English, and familiesYou and your family matter!experiencing homelessness.Find more info at burienwa.gov/census2020 or call (206) 241-4647.FAC member Fred Swanson says when families are involved,Espaol p. 25 / Ting Vit p. 31schools are more student-centered and culturally responsive. Getting to know our kids' teachers andHOW WILL THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU PROTECT MY PRIVACY?administrators, sharing our excitement and our concerns, askingThe U.S. Census Bureau is required by law to protect any personal information they collect questionsall of this makes ourand keep it strictly confidential. The Census Bureau can only use your answers to produce schools stronger and ensures that ourstatistics. In fact, every Census Bureau employee takes an oath for life to protect your personal kids are able to be successful. information. Your answers cannot be used by law enforcement, be shared with your landlord, or The Family Action Committee willdetermine your eligibility for government benefits. Even your address is confidential. begin looking for new members thisBy law, your census responses cannot be used against you by any government agency or April. Go to highlineschools.org/FACcourt in any waynot by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), not by the Central Intel-to learn more. ligence Agency (CIA), not by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and not by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).Espaol p. 26 / Ting Vit p. 32SPRING 2020| 15"