The Escondido Union School District (EUSD) is committed to privacy and honoring the preferences of our website visitors. We have developed this privacy disclosure to help explain our website privacy practices, as well as your options for opting out of some website-related services:
Comparison: EUSD websites vs. EUSD web applications
People often mistakenly think that anything accessed through a web browser like Chrome, Firefox, or Safari is merely a “website.” In fact, there is a distinction between what constitutes a website, versus what constitutes a web application. To clarify, as it relates to EUSD:
- A website is a place where public information is available for public consumption. Websites cannot be edited by the general public (ie: they are read-only), and they usually do not require a username and password to view the public-facing information they contain. EUSD’s websites exist at the domains eusd.org (no www or other subdomain at the front of the domain name) and sites.google.com. Specifically, eusd.org is the District’s centralized website, and sites.google.com is the root domain name for many school campus, departmental, and teacher websites.
- A web application is a more sophisticated system where confidential and/or private information is stored securely, and individuals typically must log in to view or edit that private information. EUSD utilizes a variety of secure web applications to store and access confidential student and staff information. These applications include, but are not limited to: Google Apps for Education, PowerSchool, InfoSnap, MITI/PeopleSoft, and eSchool Solutions (Substitute System).
The remainder of this privacy disclosure primarily addresses EUSD’s websites, not web applications. If you would like to learn more about the privacy and security of some of EUSD’s web applications, please refer to our Vendor Privacy Policies page.
Protecting student information and privacy
EUSD takes student privacy very seriously. To learn more about general student privacy matters, we encourage you to review:
- EUSD Board Policy (BP 5022) – Student And Family Privacy Rights
- EUSD Administrative Regulations (AR 5022) – Student And Family Privacy Rights
With regard to EUSD websites, you can rest assured that we never publish private, confidential, or personally-identifiable student information on EUSD websites (eg: grades, social security numbers, brithdates, etc.). This type of confidential information can only be accessed by authorized district staff or parents / guardians utilizing secure web applications (eg: PowerSchool and/or the other web applications noted above).
The only time we ever publish information about students on public EUSD websites is when a parent has expressly provided permission to do so. When a parent provides such permission, we only publish student first names and last initial, student photographs, and/or student work as a way of showcasing the programs and accomplishments of EUSD and its students. No other personally-identifiable student information is ever published to EUSD websites.
Typically, permission to publish student names, photographs, and/or work is collected from parents / guardians during the registration and enrollment process prior to the start of the school year. If you are a parent or guardian of an EUSD student and you wish to revoke this permission, or if you cannot recall whether or not you granted this permission, please contact your school office.
Anonymous information collected during your visit to EUSD websites
EUSD utilizes industry-standard website analytics software systems to track completely-anonymous information that will help us evaluate and improve the user interface, visitor experience, text content, and other elements of EUSD websites.
When you visit EUSD websites, the anonymous information we collect may include but is not limited to: the IP address of your computer / device, the pages viewed during your visit, the duration of your visit, and the technical capabilities of your computer / device. Collection of your device’s IP address is completely anonymous. There is no way for us to use your IP address to collect personally-identifiable information from you, nor is there any way for us to associate your IP address with any personally-identifiable information we may already have on file.
In full compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we do not use these analytics systems to collect any personally-identifiable information from any website visitors, including children under the age of 13. In addition, we will never sell nor distribute your information to third parties, and you are free to opt-out from being tracked by our analytics systems.
Learn more about each analytics system we use, and how to opt out from each service:
EUSD websites use the Google Analytics system. Google Analytics may record the types of anonymous information noted above in the second paragraph of this section.
EUSD websites use the Lucky Orange analytics system. Lucky Orange may record mouse clicks, mouse movements, and scrolling activity. Lucky Orange may record keystroke information that you voluntarily enter into a text field on eusd.org (eg: a search field), but those keystrokes are scrambled so that the nature and purpose of your search is completely unreadable and unrecognizable.
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