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LEGAL NOTICES

Public Schools of North Carolina (North Carolina State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction) maintains this website to provide the public with relevant and timely information about North Carolina's K-12 educational programs and policies.


PRIVACY POLICY

This privacy statement was created in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to our visitors' privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the sites listed below.


Information Collected and Stored Automatically
When you visit our website to browse, read pages, or download information, we automatically collect and store the following information:

  • Internet domain and IP address from which you access our site
  • Type of browser and operating system used to access our site
  • Date and time you access our site
  • Pages you visit
  • If you came to our site from another website, the address of that site
  • The search engine and search words/phrases used to locate our site (if applicable)

We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors, and to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use.


Personal and Demographic Information

In general, you can visit the Public Schools of North Carolina site without providing any personal information. Subscriptions to our email publications require your email address. Other information requested during the subscribing process is optional, and is used to learn more about the visitors using our email news service to better serve them.


Cookies
This site uses cookies on a limited basis to help us provide fresh, individual content to our visitors. Public Schools of North Carolina does not track information collected by cookies during a visit to our website.


External Website Links

Pages on this site provide links to other sites that are not maintained by Public Schools of North Carolina. These links are intended as additional resources for our users. Public Schools of North Carolina is not responsible for contents of any off-site pages or any other sites linked from this site. As a result, this agency cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, usefulness, or adequacy of any resources, information, products or process contained in any website linked directly or indirectly to our site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of non-Public Schools of North Carolina websites. Links to external sites do not constitute endorsement.


Web Site Security

For website security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. These attempts to cause damage could be subject to legal action.


SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTING POLICY

This forum is open and family-friendly so please keep your comments and posts clean. You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, username and any information provided.

All posts to and from this site are subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law, which may result in monitoring and disclosure to their parties, including law enforcement.

NCDPI does not endorse posted comments, images, and external hyperlinks by others and they do not necessarily represent the view of the department.

Personal attacks, profanity or racism will not be tolerated and will be deleted and users will be banned. In addition, comments that are repeated or do not relate to the original post will be removed.

Posts will be removed and users may be banned permanently if they violate any of the guidelines listed below:

Do not post graphic, obscene, explicit or racist comments. We also do not allow comments that are abusive, hateful, vindictive or intended to defame anyone or any organization.

Do not post any solicitations (ex: asking users to "like" your Facebook page, visit your website, sign a petition, etc.).

Do not post advertisements, prize contests or giveaways. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency. Similarly, we do not allow attempts to defame or defraud any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.

Do not post details about an ongoing investigation or legal or administrative proceeding that could prejudice the processes or could interfere with an individual's rights. These will be deleted from this page.

Do not post student names, grades, academic standing, or detail about a student’s disability or health issues in any social media forum.

Apparent spamming or trolling will be removed and may cause the author(s) to be blocked from the page without notice.

Do not post copyrighted or trademarked images or graphics. The user should own any imagery posted. Images depicting minor children (under age 18) must adhere to the district, school, and/or organization’s photo release policy.

Do not post comments, photos or videos that suggest or encourage illegal activity.

Do not post political propaganda or advertisements.

Do not post documents of any kind.

Any comments not adhering to the above commenting policy are subject to removal and may be banned from future postings.


LEGAL INFORMATION

Neither Public Schools of North Carolina, its employees, nor any other party involved in creating, producing, or delivering the site are liable for the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of the data described and/or contained within this website and shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use.


Data Use
It is the responsibility of the data user to utilize the data appropriately and consistent with these limitations. Data are not legal documents and should not be used as such.


Content
The publications and information contained in this website are dynamic and will change over time. Content and related graphics also are not legal documents and should not be used as such. If you wish to verify any information contained on this site, call the appropriate Public Schools of North Carolina division listed in the Education Directory.


COPYRIGHT

Users may download material displayed on this site for non-commercial, educational purposes only, provided all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials are retained. Unauthorized use of the Public Schools of North Carolina logo, website logos, and online artwork or illustrations is not permitted.

The contents of this site may not be used for commercial purposes, without written permission of the Public Schools of North Carolina. To obtain permission to reproduce information from this site, submit the specifics of your request in writing to information@dpi.nc.gov or Web Marketing Specialist, Division of Communications & Information, NC Department of Public Instruction, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. If permission is granted, the wording "provided with permission from the Public Schools of North Carolina" and the date must be noted and the Division of Communications & Information must be provided with a copy of the final product.

Permission is not required to create a link to the Public Schools of North Carolina website or any pages contained therein.


NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENTS

In compliance with federal law, NC Public Schools administers all state-operated educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law.

Inquiries or complaints regarding discrimination issues should be directed to:
Dr. Rebecca Garland, Chief Academic Officer
Academic Services and Instructional Support
6368 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6368
919.807.3200 (phone)
919.807.4065 (fax)

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or call 866.632.9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax 202.690.7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800.877.8339; or 800.845.6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.