Welcome to the hwschools.net website (“hwschools.net”). Your privacy is one of our top priorities. The following policy applies only to the use of hwschools.net. As you navigate hwschools.net, you will see links that, when clicked, will take you to other websites operated by state agencies or to other websites external to Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District (HWRSD). You may also see links that will take you to websites external to HWRSD.
In particular, please note that although some of the social media pages used by hwschools.net might appear to be part of hwschools.net or at a web page under control of hwschools.net, some of these sites are actually hosted by a third party provider. Thus when visiting these third party social media sites, you are subject to different privacy policies and terms of service. Please review hwschools.net's Social Media Policy to review more detailed information on how hwschools.net uses specific social media sites and for links to the relevant terms of service and privacy policies for those sites. We strongly suggest that you read the site policies, including the privacy policies, for each HWRSD website that you visit and any external site that you visit through a link appearing at hwschools.net.
A privacy partnership
Your privacy with respect to the use of hwschools.net results from a partnership between the HWRSD and you, the user. At hwschools.net, we attempt to protect your privacy to the maximum extent possible. However, because some of the information that we receive through hwschools.net is subject to the Public Records Law, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 66, Section 10, we cannot ensure absolute privacy. Information that you provide to us through hwschools.net may be made available to members of the public under that law. This policy informs you of the information that we collect from you at hwschools.net, what we do with it, to whom it may be disseminated, and how you can access it. Based on this information, you can make an informed decision about your use of hwschools.net. You can maximize the benefits of your privacy partnership with the HWRSD by making informed decisions about whether to share personally identifiable information with us through hwschools.net.
Personally identifiable information
We use the term “personally identifiable information” to mean any information that could reasonably be used to identify you, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, Social Security number, birth date, bank account information, credit card information, or any combination of information that could be used to identify you.
Information voluntarily provided by you
HWschools.net collects voluntary information from you through surveys, online forms, any emails sent to hwschools.net, and comments posted on pages hosted by hwschools.net (such as blogs or wikis). All such information, including comments and emails sent by you to hwschools.net, may contain personally identifiable information.
While hwschools.net is intended as a medium for disseminating information from state agencies, if you need to contact a state agency that is part of hwschools.net, you should use the contact information for that state agency posted on its hwschools.net website.
Information automatically collected and stored by hwschools.net
hwschools.net employs the use of "Persistent Cookies." The purpose of these Persistent Cookies is to collect and aggregate data regarding hwschools.net’s visitor activity in order for the hwschools.net Office to continuously evaluate and improve its website services, including on hwschools.net or affiliated websites such as sites hosted at http://blog.hwschools.net (collectively, the “Offerings”). You may elect to disable the Persistent Cookies. Please be advised that disabling the Persistent Cookies may affect your ability to view or interact with hwschools.net.
HWschools.net does collect and store your “Internet Protocol (“IP”) address,” (which does not identify you as an individual) indefinitely, as well as information about the date and time of your visit, whether a file you have requested exists, and how many “bytes” of information were transmitted to you over the Web from hwschools.net. We use your IP address to assess the frequency of visits to hwschools.net and the popularity of its various pages and functions. We will not attempt to match any personally identifiable information that you provide to us with your IP address unless there are reasonable grounds to believe that doing so would provide information that is relevant and material to a criminal investigation. The one exception is that when you fill out information in a form on hwschools.net, we do receive your IP address along with this submission. We do not use this form-related IP address information unless it may be relevant and material to a criminal investigation.
Usage data and known persistent cookies
HWschools.net uses (or may use) the following tools (each a “Tool” and collectively, the “Tools”):
Tool name: Google Analytics™
Purpose: Collect information about use of the hwschools.net
Data collected: Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit hwschools.net, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to hwschools.net.