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Valley View School District (the “District”) is committed to respecting its website Users’ privacy and protecting any personal information shared. The District takes the issue of privacy very seriously and values the trust the User places in the District each time the User accesses the District’s services and website. This policy describes the practices the District has put into place to safeguard any personal information that may be gathered and used by the Illinois State Board of Education (“ISBE”) during the User’s visit to the District’s website. 

Website Privacy Statement
The District respects the privacy of all website Users to the extent permitted by law. This Website Privacy Statement is intended to inform the User of the ways in which the District’s website collects information, the uses to which that information will be put, and the ways in which the District will protect any information the Users choose to provide the District.

There are four types of information that this site may collect during a User’s visit: network traffic logs, website visit logs, cookies, and information voluntarily provided by the User.

Network Traffic Logs
In the course of ensuring network security and consistent service for all Users, the District employs software programs to do such things as monitor network traffic, identify unauthorized access or access to nonpublic information, detect computer viruses and other software that might damage District computers or the network, and monitor and tune the performance of the District network. In the course of such monitoring, these programs may detect such information as email headers, addresses from network packets, and other information. Information from these activities is used only for the purpose of maintaining the security and performance of the District’s networks and computer systems. Personally identifiable information from these activities is not released to external parties without the User’s consent unless required by law.

Website Visit Logs
District websites routinely collect and store information from online visitors to help manage those sites and improve service. This information includes the pages visited on the site, the date and time of the visit, the Internet address (URL or IP address) of the referring site (often called “referrers”), the domain name and IP address from which the access occurred, the version of browser used, the capabilities of the browser, and search terms used on District search engines. Like most standard website servers, the District uses website statistic packages such as Google Analytics to analyze trends in how its website is accessed and utilized. Information monitored includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, geographic location of visitors (country, city), browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, time spent on pages and keywords used to find the District’s site vis search engines. This information is anonymous and cannot be directly linked to individual Users. The District may use it to identify high-use or low-use areas of the site, pinpoint problem areas of the site, analyze broad demographic trends in the District’s website Users, and make decisions about how to make it easier for people to find and navigate the District website. This site makes no attempt to identify individual Users from this information; any personally identifiable information is not released to external parties without the User’s consent unless required by law.

A cookie is a small text file stored by the User’s browser that allows the website to “remember” their preferences (such as calendar settings and site bookmarks) on the site from visit to visit, or to maintain their “logged in” status when visiting protected areas. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to personally identifiable information while on the District’s website.  The District’s website may use cookies for two purposes: to carry data about the User’s current session at the site from one webpage to the next and to identify the User to the site between visits. If the User prefers not to receive cookies, they may turn them off in their browser, or the User may set their browser to ask them before accepting a new cookie. Some pages may not function properly if the cookies are turned off. Unless otherwise notified on this site, the District will not store data, other than for these two purposes, in cookies. Cookies remain on the User’s computer, and accordingly the District neither stores cookies on its computers nor forwards them to any external parties. The District does not use cookies to track the User’s movement among different websites and does not exchange cookies with other entities. Please be aware that rejecting or deleting cookies from the District’s website may make certain functions unavailable to the User. 

Information Collection and Use
The District does not collect any personal information unless the User voluntarily provides it. In the course of using the District’s website, the User may choose to provide the District with information to help it serve the User’s needs. For example, the User may send the District an email to request information, an application or other material, and they may sign up for a mailing list. Any personally identifiable information the User sends the District will be used only for the purpose indicated. Requests for information will be directed to the appropriate staff and may be recorded to help the District update its website. Personal information submitted will not be transferred to any non-affiliated third parties unless otherwise stated at the time of collection. The District will not sell, exchange, or otherwise distribute the User’s personally identifiable information without their consent, except to the extent required by law. The District does not retain the information longer than necessary for normal operations.

Where consent for the use and disclosure of personal information is required, the District will seek consent from the appropriate person. In the case of student’s personal information, the District will seek the consent from the student and/or parent/guardian depending on the circumstances and the student’s mental ability and maturity to understand the consequences of the proposed use and disclosure. 

Each webpage requesting information discloses the purpose of that information. If the User does not wish to have the information used in that manner, they are not required to provide it. Please contact the person listed on the specific webpage, or listed below, with questions or concerns on the use of personally identifiable information.

While no system can provide guaranteed security, the District takes reasonable efforts to keep information you provide to the District secure, including encryption technology (if any), and physical security at the location of the server where the information is stored.

Communication Preferences
the User can stop the delivery of informational emails from the District by following the specific instructions in the email they receive. Depending on the respective service, the User may also have the option of proactively making choices about the receipt of email, telephone calls, and postal mail for particular District information and activities.

Links to Non-District Websites
District websites provide links to other websites or resources. The District does not control these sites and resources, does not endorse them, and is not responsible for their availability, content, or delivery of services. In particular, external sites are not bound by this Website Privacy Statement; they may have their own policies or none at all. Often, the User can tell they are leaving a District website by noting the URL of the destination site. Links to external websites open a new browser window. The District encourages its users to be aware when they leave its site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by the District’s website. 

Limitation of Liability
Under no circumstances, including but not limited to negligence, shall the District be liable or responsible for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages that result from the use of or the inability to use, the District’s website. The User specifically acknowledges and agrees that the District is not liable for any conduct of any User. As a condition of the use of this website, the User agrees to indemnify and hold the District harmless, its affiliates, employees, directors, officers, agents, material or communication providers, and Internet Services Providers, from any and all liabilities, losses, expenses (including attorney’s fees), and damages arising out of claims resulting from the User's use of this website, including without limitation any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by User of these terms and conditions. 

The District provides links to other websites only as a convenience for persons who visit its website. The District does not guarantee the accuracy or propriety of any information, offered services or products contained in any website linked directly or indirectly to the District’s. All materials, information, products and services on the District’s website and third-party sites are provided “AS IS” without warranty of any kind. The District makes no representations and, to the fullest extent allowed by law, disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose regarding the suitability of the information; the accuracy, reliability, completeness or timeliness of the content, services, products, text, graphics, links or other items contained within this site, or the results obtained from accessing and using the District’s website and/or the content contained therein. 

The District does not represent that the use of any information contained on its website would not infringe privately owned rights or that the functions contained in the materials will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that its website, including the server that makes it available, are free of viruses or other harmful components. Therefore, reasonable efforts should be made to verify information and check out services or product offerings contained in any website. The User assumes the entire cost of all necessary maintenance, repair, or correction. The User is cautioned to be aware of, and learn about, the possibility of contracting computer viruses from downloading information from the District’s website. Also, for the User’s protection, familiarize themself with how to protect against Internet fraud. The District joins other agencies in warning Internet users not to divulge information about themself or their organization which could invite invasion of privacy, misappropriation of credit card numbers, misuse of monetary accounts or other computer related theft or fraudulent dealings. Internet users should know the people and organizations with whom they deal before giving out personal or account information and before purchasing services or products.

The District’s website takes every precaution to protect its User’s personal information. Whenever Users submit personal information (such as contact information or credit card information) via online forms, registration, or online purchase, upon submission that information is encrypted via the highest level of SSL (Secured Sockets Layer) available. Servers that store personally identifiable information are in a secure environment. 

Non-secured Communications
Posts to discussion forums, discussion boards, and comments to blogs are viewable by other Users. When these areas are not in a password protected area, they may be viewable by the general public. Please be aware of this when posting personal information in these areas.

Terms of Use
The District’s website is controlled, operated and maintained by the District. The District’s website is intended to provide news and information about the District. The District will make all reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of content. The User agrees that unless specific permission is granted in writing, the User will not modify, copy, distribute, broadcast, transmit, retransmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, sell, or resell any information, content, products or services obtained from the District’s website or in any way violate the copyright of any provider of information, content, products or services to the District’s website. 

Changes in the District’s Website Privacy Policy
The District reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify this Website Privacy Policy at any time without notice. The District will regularly review and revise this Website Privacy Policy. If the District’s information practices change, the District will post the policy changes to the website. Changes shall be effective immediately. If the User is concerned about how their information is used, the User should check the District’s Website Privacy Policy periodically.

Contact Information 
Please email questions or concerns regarding the District’s Website Privacy Policy to the District’s Webmaster at