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Privacy Statement

Thank you for visiting the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools website and for reviewing our Privacy Statement.

This website adheres to the laws, rules, and regulations governing the privacy rights of those who visit our site.

Upon reading this privacy statement, you will know:
1. what personally identifiable information of yours or third party personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website
2. the organization collecting the information
3. how the information is used
4. with whom the information may be shared
5. what choices are available to you regarding collection, use and distribution of the information
6. the kind of security procedures that are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under Plymouth-Canton Community Schools’ control
7. how you can access and correct any inaccuracies in the information collected about you.

The Plymouth-Canton Community Schools policy on collection of personal information is as follows:

Types of Information Collected Online
Information collected online is usually defined as being either:

(a) anonymous information (data that cannot be tied back to a specific individual) or
(b) personally identifiable information (data that tell us who you are, such as your name, address, e-mail address).

Anonymous Information
Unless you provide additional information, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools collects only the following anonymous information as you browse through the website:

1. domain name and IP (Internet Protocol) number used to access the Internet (e.g., aol.com, if you are using an America Online account),
2. date, time and length of visits,
3. web pages visited,
4. address of the website visited immediately prior to visiting Plymouth-Canton Community Schools,
5. files downloaded (e.g. school calendar PDF file),
6. the browser software and operating system used,
7. specialized browser plug-ins installed,
8. monitor size and settings.

We collect this information for statistical purposes (e.g., to measure site traffic) and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. This information is kept as an aggregate subtotal/total for each school building/district. There is no personally identifiable information or links between pages and material accessed on the website and a particular user.


Personally Identifiable Information
You do not have to provide Plymouth-Canton Community Schools with personally identifiable information to visit our website.

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools collects personally identifiable information on visitors in the following ways:

Correspondence. If you contact Plymouth-Canton Community Schools by electronic mail (e-mail), we may keep a record of that correspondence as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. In addition, communication may be archived in order to provide statistical summaries on the number of e-mails received and general nature of the inquiry or question.

Optional e-mail List Registration. You are sharing personally identifiable information when you sign up to become a recipient of one of the e-mail lists maintained by Plymouth-Canton Community Schools (e.g. a parent newsletter sent each week via e-mail).

Children's Guidelines

(a) We do NOT collect online contact information without prior parental consent or parental notification, which will include an opportunity for the parent to prevent use of the information and participation in the activity.
(b) Without prior parental consent, online information will only be used to respond directly to the child's request and will not be used for other purposes without prior parental consent.
(c) We do NOT collect personally identifiable offline contact information without prior parental consent.
(d) We do NOT distribute to third parties any personally identifiable information without prior parental consent.
(e) We do NOT allow staff or students to publicly post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable contact information without prior parental consent.
(f) We do NOT entice by the prospect of a special game, prize or other activity, to divulge more information than is needed to participate in the activity.

Use of Cookies
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools makes use of “cookies” in a limited fashion. Cookies (a piece of data stored on a user’s computer) may show if the computer user is a return visitor to the website, or, specific pages and resources accessed in order to assist with website navigation (e.g. from page three of current display “jump” to page ten”).

Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personally identifiable information (to the extent given) to third parties, unless:

(a) we need to share the information to provide the service or information you have requested; or

(b) we are authorized to do so by law (e.g., to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process).

Agents and contractors of Plymouth-Canton Community Schools who have access to personally identifiable information are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Statement by, for example, not using the information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.

Intrusion Detection
For site security purposes and to ensure that our website services remain available to all users, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools employs software programs to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual.

Links to Other Sites
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools contains links to many other educational and professional websites. Once you access another website via a link on this website, you are subject to the privacy statement/policy of the new site.

Changes to Privacy Statement
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools may amend this Privacy Statement from time to time. If we make any substantial changes in the way we use your personally identifiable information we will post a prominent announcement at this location on the website.

Contact Information and Opting Out
You may contact Plymouth-Canton Community Schools by postal mail or telephone with regards to information collected about you, assistance with removal of your name/e-mail address from one of the automated “e-mail lists” and/or to correct any inaccuracies in the information collected. If you do so, we may use the information you provide in ways described in this privacy statement.

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Updated anonymous data collected, July 2007, August 2007
first draft May 2003