Use of Personal Information

California Online Public Schools does not collect any personal information unless you voluntarily provide it by sending us an e-mail, participating in a survey, or completing an on-line form. We may disclose your personal information without notice if it is necessary to: (1) comply with legal process/action; (2) protect and defend the rights or property of the school and; (3) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of our students and staff or members of the public. We may also disclose personal information to non-affiliated third party partners, such as advertising partners and analytics providers, to assist us in providing, communicating, marketing and advertising our services to you. Otherwise, personal information submitted will not be disclosed to any non-affiliated third parties unless otherwise stated at the time of collection and will only be used for the purpose stated at the time of collection. The school does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. 

Information You Provide to Us

To communicate effectively with visitors to our website, we may ask you for personally identifiable information that can include, by way of illustration, your name, your child’s name, address, email address, telephone number, or educational interests. We may also gather additional personal information in the future. It is your choice to provide us with this personal information; we will only collect personal information that you provide. 

Information Gathered Automatically

When you visit our website, some information such as your Internet network address, Internet service provider, operating system, web browser version, site from which you arrived, and the time and date of your visit may be collected automatically as part of normal site operation. This information is not personally identifiable, and we do not link this information to any personally identifiable information you submit while using our site. This information is used solely to track web browsing patterns to better understand how our site is being used and, when necessary, to troubleshoot problems with the site.

Consent

Where consent for the use and disclosure of personal information is required, the school will seek consent from the appropriate person. In the case of a student’s personal information, the school will seek consent from the student and/or parent depending on the circumstances and will consider the student’s mental ability and maturity to understand the consequences of the proposed use and disclosure. Any personally identifiable information from student education records will only be disclosed in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file stored by your browser that allows the website to “remember” your preferences (such as calendar settings and site bookmarks) on the site from visit to visit, or to maintain your “logged in” status when visiting protected areas. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. Web browsers have settings allowing you to reject cookies, or selectively accept cookies, or delete cookies previously accepted. Please be aware that rejecting or deleting cookies from our website may make certain functions unavailable to you.

Log Files

Like most standard website servers, we use website statistic packages such as Google Analytics to analyze trends in how our 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 our site via search engines. This information is anonymous and cannot be directly linked to individual users. We 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 our visitors, and make decisions about how to make it easier for people to find and navigate our website.

Links

This website may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website.

Security

This website takes every precaution to protect our users’ personal information. Whenever users submit personal information (such as contact info or credit card info) 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. Under no circumstances are credit card numbers permanently stored on our website servers.

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.

Contact Information

If users have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at: [email protected] 

Changes to this Statement

California Online Public Schools will occasionally update this Statement to reflect the school and family feedback. We encourage you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how we are protecting your information.