Montgomery County Public Schools, a system of public schools operated by the Board of Education of Montgomery County (“MCPS”), and its schools and offices (collectively “we,” “our,” or “us”) maintain publicly accessible websites and online services (“the Sites”) in order to inform and engage our community about our joint mission to provide a quality education to all children. We use these websites and online services to share information about our educational services and resources and to enhance communication between MCPS and the community.
Description of Service
The Sites provide a rich collection of online resources about MCPS and its schools and offices for convenience, information, and educational use. We strive to keep the Sites up to date with the latest information about MCPS activities and programs and to provide an accessible portal for parents, students, educators, and citizens to interact with us by providing, for example, various communications, government records, administrative services, personalized content, school forms, and branded programming. A full description of our guidelines for administering the Sites is available in MCPS Regulation KBA-RA, Educational Purposes and Administration of the MCPS Website, available at: www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/kbarb.pdf, and MCPS Regulation IGT-RA, User Responsibilities for Computer Systems, Electronic Information, and Network Security, available at: www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/pdf/igtra.pdf.
Your Registration Obligations
If you register for any portion of the Sites through which we interact with and provide services to you, it is important for us to have accurate records about our interactions. Therefore, you agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Sites’ various forms ("Registration Data"); and (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete.
Account Password and Security
Certain areas of the Sites will allow you to register for or create an account through which you will choose or receive an account username and password. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to (a) immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you log out of your account at the end of each session. We are not liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section.
You agree to the collection and use of your information by the Sites as described in the MCPS Website Privacy Statement ("Privacy Statement"). To view the Privacy Statement, click here.
We invest time and effort into publishing information and other content on the Sites that furthers our educational mission and provides important information to our community. As we explain below, we’re happy to let you access and use this content under most circumstances, but in this section, you agree to certain limitations that are designed to prevent you from using the content for unauthorized purposes.
All text, graphics, user interfaces, visual interfaces, photographs, trademarks, logos, sounds, music, artwork, computer code, and documents (collectively, "Content"), including but not limited to the design, structure, selection, coordination, expression, and arrangement of such Content, contained on the Sites are owned, controlled or licensed by or to us. Elements of government websites may be protected by copyright, trademark, trade dress, and other intellectual property rights.
We hereby grant permission to use documents from the Sites (such as enrollment forms, activity forms, academic resources, employment documents, data sheets, and frequently asked questions), provided that (1) the entire copyright notice at the bottom of this page appears in all copies, (2) use of such documents is for informational and non-commercial or personal use only and will not be copied or posted on any network computer or broadcast in any media, and (3) no modifications of any documents are made except where expressly allowed. The "documents" subject to this paragraph do not include the design or layout of the Sites.
MCPS makes a variety of datasets available for download through the Sites, including but not limited to through the Open Data website, data.montgomeryschoolsmd.org. We hereby grant permission to re-publish any data or documents supplied by the Open Data website, or to incorporate any data from the Open Data into studies, research, or reports, subject to the condition that if you re-publish any of these data or documents, in whole or in part, you must conspicuously include the following disclaimer in the same location (e.g. on the same webpage, in a report footnote) as the data or documents:
"The data made available here has been modified for use from its original source, which is Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools ("MCPS"). MCPS MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES AS TO THE COMPLETENESS, ACCURACY, OR TIMELINESS OF ANY DATA. MCPS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. MCPS MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY AS TO THE WEBSITE OR APPLICATION USING DATA DRAWN FROM DATA.MONTGOMERYSCHOOLSMD.ORG OR FOR THE USEFULNESS OR INTEGRITY OF THE WEBSITE OR APPLICATION. The data is subject to change and possible deletion, temporarily or permanently. It is understood that the data is being used at one's own risk."
You are prohibited from using any robot, spider, or other automatic or manual process to collect, mine, monitor, or copy any of the Content on our Sites, except as expressly permitted by MCPS.
Any communication or material you transmit to the Sites by electronic mail or otherwise, including any data, questions, comments, suggestions or the like ("User-Provided Content") is, and will be treated as, non-confidential and non-proprietary. By transmitting or posting anything to us or the Sites, you grant us an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free nonexclusive and sub-licensable right and license to reproduce, modify, adapt, and publish such materials, in whole or in part for any purpose, including, but not limited to, reproduction, disclosure, transmission, publication, broadcast, and posting in any media now known or later developed. Furthermore, we are free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication you send to the Sites for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products or services using such information.
You, and not us, are responsible for all User-Provided Content that you upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise make available in connection with the Sites. We do not control the User-Provided Content posted and, as such, do not guarantee the accuracy, integrity, or quality of any User-Provided Content. Through your usage of the Sites, you may submit and/or we may gather certain limited information about you and your website usage. We may use such information to improve your Internet experience, subject to the Privacy Statement.
You are prohibited from posting to the Sites:
- Any material that does not address the posted topic of a forum discussion;
- Unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, harassing, pornographic, or profane material;
- "Junk mail," "spam", "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," any other form of solicitation or advertisement for commercial products or services;
- Software viruses;
- Any material that infringes on copyrights or trademarks; and
- Any material that we deem inappropriate for the Sites.
We recognize that there are many valuable educational resources available on the internet, and we want you to have access to as many of them as possible. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee the accuracy of all the resources we link to, and so we cannot be held responsible for their content.
The Sites may provide links to third-party websites or informational resources developed by other agencies, organizations, or individuals. We cannot guarantee the relevance, completeness, accuracy, timeliness, legality, copyright compliance, decency, or any other aspect of such websites or resources or the content displayed on or through them. We do not endorse any non-MCPS or non-school websites, resources, products, services, or viewpoints. We are not responsible for any materials stored on other non-MCPS or non-school websites. We disclaim all liability with respect to such linked websites. By clicking on links to such websites or resources, you assume the risk of injury or damage from viewing, hearing, downloading, or storing such materials.
You do not need advance permission to link to any of the Sites. However, by virtue of creating a link to the Sites, you agree to the following:
- You must not represent Content as originated by you, if it was not;
- You must not imply that we are endorsing the website or service containing the link or its products, services, or website content;
- You must not misrepresent your or an entity’s relationship or a person’s relationship with us;
- You must not present false information about our services; and
- You must not use the MCPS logo or seal, or any school logo or seal, to indicate that you are acting in an official capacity on behalf of MCPS or the school unless you have the authority to act in an official capacity on behalf of MCPS or the school.
If you’d like to make a legal claim, please don’t use these Sites to do so. Communications made through the Sites shall in no way be deemed to constitute legal notice to the Board of Education of Montgomery County, which operates MCPS, or any of its schools, offices, officers, employees, agents, or representatives with respect to any existing or potential claim or cause of action, or where notice is otherwise required by any federal, state, or local law, rule, or regulation.
Software Available on the Sites
The Sites may contain software programs that are provided for your use and convenience. Though you should feel free to make use of all the tools provided, please remember to read and comply with any agreements that accompany the software.
Any software that is made available to download from the Sites is the property of us or our third-party vendors. Use of this software is governed by the terms of the end user license agreement, if any, which accompanies or is included with the software ("license agreement"). An end user will be unable to install any software that is accompanied by or includes a license agreement, unless he or she first agrees to any applicable license agreement terms. Any software is made available for downloading solely for use by end users according to any applicable license agreement. Without limiting the foregoing, copying or reproduction of software to any other server or location for further reproduction or redistribution not in accordance with the license agreement is expressly prohibited. Software is warranted, if at all, only according to the terms of the license agreement. Except as warranted in the license agreement, we hereby disclaim all warranties and conditions with regard to the software in accordance with the next paragraph.
Disclaimer of Warranties
Because the Sites are free of charge, we provide them “as is” and “as available.”
THE SITES AND ALL MATERIALS, DATA, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITES ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" FOR YOUR USE. THE SITES AND ALL MATERIALS, DATA, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITES ARE PROVIDED WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE MATERIALS, DATA, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITES ARE ACCURATE, RELIABLE, COMPLETE, CORRECT, OR TIMELY; THAT THE SITES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME OR LOCATION; THAT CONTENT MADE AVAILABLE ON THE SITES WILL REMAIN ON THE SITES, OR THAT WE WILL NOT UPDATE OR REMOVE ANY SUCH CONTENT; THAT ANY DEFECTS OR ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED; OR THAT THE SITES ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. YOUR USE OF THE SITES IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT PERMIT THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES, THESE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
The above disclaimer applies to any damages, liability or injuries caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, downloading of Content, communication line failure, theft or destruction of, or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of data, whether for breach of contract, tort, negligence or any other cause of action.
Limitation of Liability
Because the Sites are provided “as is” and “as available,” we do not expect to be held liable for damages if something goes wrong.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL the Board of Education of Montgomery County, which operates MCPS, OR ITS SCHOOLS, OFFICES, SERVICE PROVIDERS, EXECUTIVES, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, OR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN CREATING, PRODUCING, OR DELIVERING THE SITES BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE SITES. THIS LIMITATION APPLIES WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHER LEGAL THEORY, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN THE EVENT SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF DAMAGES TO THE EXTENT INDICATED ABOVE, OUR LIABILITY IN SUCH JURISDICTIONS SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Modification, Suspension, or Termination of Access
From time to time, we may need to prevent certain visitors from accessing our Sites if we need to do so to protect or to make changes to the Sites. When we do, our guiding principle is to improve the quality of the Sites for everyone in the community.
We do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our community. When we or someone in our community is harmed, we’ll seek the quickest and most effective form of relief possible.
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