Public Notice: U.S. Census Bureau is suspending all Field Operations
PALA, CA – Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is suspending all field operations until June 1, 2020. The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the American public, Census Bureau employees, and everyone going through the hiring process for temporary census taker positions.
After June 13, 2020, enumerators (census takers) will be going door-to-door to drop off paper questionnaires with a 12-digit ID. If you choose to complete the questionnaire online or by phone, you can input or provide your ID when prompted.
If you have not responded to the Census by August 11, 2020, enumerators will come to your door to collect information.
The 2020 Census questionnaire will ask a few simple questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you on April 1, 2020. Please remember that whether a household is counted as an American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) household depends entirely on the race of “Person 1,” the first person listed on the Census form. If that person says they are AI/AN, then the household will be counted as one with an AI/AN “householder.” It is equally important for all other persons in the household who identify as AI/AN to be counted as such on the form. Remember, the Census is self-response which means no proof of enrollment is required. You state your racial identity, as you see yourself. You have the option to select multiple races. Please list a specific Tribal affiliation, for example: Pala Band of Mission Indians.
Census Operations Timeline
- Self-Response Phase: extended to October 31, 2020
- Field Operations: postponed until June 1, 2020
- Paper Questionnaire Delivery: June 13, 2020 to July 9, 2020
- Non-Response Follow Up (NRFU): August 11, 2020 to October 31, 2020