Even if they are at home due to COVID 19:
“Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, in most cases students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said a Sunday afternoon news release from the Census Bureau.
In other words, even if students are home on the official census day, which is April 1, they should be counted based on where they live and sleep most of the time. The Census Bureau says it is asking institutions to contact students with reminders about responding.
I just did my Census online today, and it took less than ten minutes. I encourage everybody to go ahead and do this, especially any college students reading this. And if you are a student, call your parents (on the phone or down the hall) and tell them *not* to count you in the household.