REVISION NOTICE: The
Email section was updated July 22, 2005 reflecting our
collection and storage of user email addresses for the Directory
and Online Course Bulletin.
The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)
Web site exists to inform the community about and to engage
it in our joint mission to provide a quality education to
all children. We use the site to publish as much information
about MCPS as possible and to enhance two-way communication
between the district and community. Your privacy is important
to us. Please take a moment to become familiar with our privacy
The Web site is managed by the MCPS Web Services Team in the Department of Communications
in Rockville, Maryland.
The site is comprised
of many smaller sites representing schools and offices, many
with their own webmasters. All but a few of these sites are hosted by MCPS.
Those schools with their own hosting arrangements also must conform to this
published to their sites.
Like publishers of most Web sites, MCPS collects data from
visitors to its site. The purpose of this data collection
is to analyze how people navigate the site and then use that
analysis to make changes that improve the user experience.
This information is not used to track individual users or
create user profiles. The data collection process does not
enable MCPS to discern who individuals are, only that a computer
with a specific number (IP) is accessing the Web server. Typical
information gathered and analyzed by our statistical software
Date and time of your visit
Pages you visited
The web address (URL) of the link you followed to reach
The domain of your Internet service, e.g. aol.com.
The type and version of your web browser, e.g. Internet
The operating system of your computer, e.g. Macintosh.
The site also includes several third-party applications,
such as a professional library database, that rely on cookies
to enable users to save their searches and return to them
when you leave the site.
Many schools and offices use interactive tools on their Web
sites to gather comments and feedback from visitors. The most
popular interactive tools include email feedback forms, guestbooks,
and surveys. Typical information visitors are invited to submit
to us includes:
Affiliation, e.g. parent, teacher, etc.
Many of these forms and surveys also include a blank space
the visitor can use to send us any type of comment or information.
Do not use this field to convey highly personal or sensitive
Two features of the MCPS web require users to submit a valid
email address as a login. The Staff
Directory's My Sticky List enables users to create their
own list of phone numbers. This email address is used only
to connect the user to her or his Sticky List. The High
School Course Bulletin web site includes a My Worksheet
feature that requires users to submit a valid email address
as a login. This email address is only used to connect the
user to her or his worksheet. The email addresses will not
be shared with internal or external parties. They will not
be used to send email messages to users.
Information submitted by users to a specific school or office
Web site is managed and archived by that office. If the occasion
warrants, it may be shared with other appropriate staff. While
MCPS does not share visitor information with or sell it to
third parties, most information submitted to us is considered
part of the public record and could be made available to others
if requested under the Maryland Public Information Act. However,
personally identifiable information about students, for example,
is not considered public information.
The MCPS site links to many Web resources considered educationally
valuable. Each school's webmaster also may choose to link
to external sites, but these sites must have an educational
purpose. Principals and office administrators are ultimately
responsible for links published on their sites.
Our site does not directly solicit or collect information
from children. If a child wishes to share information via
a form, we recommend that he/she obtain parent permission
and that the parent supervise the activity. If the information
is published to the site via a guestbook, we urge that no
personally identifiable information be shared.
Our site does not solicit personal, highly confidential information
such as social security or credit card numbers and is not
equipped to guarantee highly secure transactions at this time.
As the site evolves, MCPS may update this privacy statement.
We will note the change on our home page to alert you
to the modifications. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have comments or questions.