Lower Merion School District Website Privacy Protocol

Commitment to Privacy. Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online data collection and usage policies and practices that apply to this website and the way information about you is collected and used.

What this Privacy Protocol Covers. This Privacy Protocol covers how LMSD treats personal information that LMSD collects and receives. The information we collect on our website generally falls into two categories: Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information. This Privacy Protocol applies only to the information collected by LMSD from the users of our website. It does not apply to information collected by LMSD in any other way. Our website may contain links to other websites over which LMSD has no control. LMSD is not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of other websites to which you choose to link from our website.

Personally Identifiable Information We Collect and How We Use it. Personal information is information about you that is personally identifiable like your name, address, email address, phone number, or username and password, and that is not otherwise publicly available. It refers to information that lets us know the specifics of who you are. You do not have to give LMSD any Personally Identifiable Information. LMSD does not collect Personally Identifiable Information unless you choose to provide it to us. LMSD may request Personally Identifiable Information when you participate in certain activities or correspond with us. It will be clear when you are on a part of our website that requires personal information because we will ask you for it. LMSD uses this Personally Identifiable Information to respond to your requests for services, to improve the services we offer, and to contact you.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information We Collect and How We Use it. This refers to information that does not by itself identify a specific individual. The Non-Personally Identifiable Information we automatically collect from your computer and browser may include your Internet Protocol address, the Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) of the website you came from before visiting our website, which pages you visit on our website, which URL you next go to, which browser you used to come to our website, and other software and hardware attributes of your computer.

This data is collected via our use of cookies, which are small data files transferred by a website to your computer’s hard drive. Your cookie automatically identifies your computer - but not you - to our servers when you visit the LMSD website and allows us to correlate your computer with certain usage patterns which are stored in our log files. We use cookies to gather general, aggregate statistics about the overall usage of our website and to improve the content of our website. LMSD also uses temporary cookies, often referred to as session cookies, to help your browser navigate our website and aid in the exchange of information between pages without loss of data. Such a cookie, however, is only stored for the current browsing session and is deleted once the browser is closed. LMSD can only read cookies from the LMSD website. Accepting cookies does not give us access to your Personally Identifiable Information. If your browser is set to reject all cookies, the LMSD website may not function properly.

LMSD may also collect information through the use of clear gifs (also called Web beacons and Web bugs) in selected email messages we send to you. Clear gifs may see or read cookies on your computer. When authorized by LMSD, third parties specializing in monitoring aggregate statistical use of our website with whom we contract, may use cookies, our web log files, web beacons, and other monitoring technologies to compile anonymous aggregate data.

Information Sharing And Disclosure. We do not share Personally Identifiable Information we collect online. We do disclose Personally Identifiable Information:

  • To our employees and agents for purposes of responding to requests; validating the identity of website users; maintaining and operating our website; distributing instructional and informational materials; and internal management and administration of school district business, provided that these recipients are not permitted to use or disclose the information for other purposes.
  • To third parties when required by law or if necessary to comply with law enforcement authorities, a pending judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process; to obtain required governmental authorizations; to assert or defend our legal rights, enforce our agreements, prevent or respond to suspected fraud, or protect the health, safety, property or legal rights of LMSD, its employees, members or others.

We do share Non-Personally Identifiable Information, in aggregated form, with third parties. This information is not used to identify or contact individual users.

Privacy Protocol Changes. If we change this Privacy Protocol, we will post the revised Privacy Protocol on our website. We may change this Privacy Protocol at any time without prior notice.

Contact Us. Please contact us by using the “Contact Us” prompt on our website if you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Protocol.