Policies

St. Mary’s School of Winchester admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

PRIVACY POLICY

Your privacy is very important to us, and we want to provide you with the following information so that you can better understand our practices when it comes to this increasingly crucial issue. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully to understand how St. Mary’s may collect, share and protect information about you.

This Privacy Policy applies to the St. Mary’s website and governs data collection and usage. For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, unless otherwise noted, all references to St. Mary’s, “we,” “us” and “our” include St. Mary’s School and our website, www.stmaryswinchester.org. Our website is used to provide information about St. Mary’s, our mission, admissions, fundraising and activities. By accessing and using our website, you agree that you have read and understand this Privacy Policy and you consent to the privacy practices (and any uses and disclosures of information about you) that are described in this Privacy Policy.

USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

We do not collect any personal information unless you voluntarily provide it by sending us e-mail, participating in a survey, or completing an on-line form. Personal information submitted will not be transferred to any non-affiliated third parties unless otherwise stated at the time of collection. We may disclose the information you provide us only to those of our contractors and their employees that need your information to process it on our behalf, to provide services to you that you have requested or to contact you on our behalf. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to St. Mary’s and they are required to maintain at least the same level of privacy protection that we maintain for your information. When a user submits personally identifiable information it is used only for the purpose stated at the time of collection.

St. Mary’s will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on St. Mary’s or our website; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of St. Mary’s; or, (c) act under necessary circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of our website or the public.

CONSENT

Where consent for the use and disclosure of personal information is required, the school will seek consent from the appropriate person and as required by law. In the case of a student’s personal information, the school will seek the consent from the student and/ or parent depending on the circumstances and the student’s mental ability and maturity to understand the consequences of the proposed use and disclosure, unless otherwise required by law.

CHILDREN

St. Mary’s is committed to protecting the privacy of children. St. Mary’s does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from any of our students If you are under the age of 18 or under the legal age of majority in your jurisdiction, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use our website. BY ACCESSING OUR WEBSITE, YOU REPRESENT THAT YOU THAT YOU HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF MAJORITY IN YOUR JURISDICTION.

We strongly recommend that minors ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet and we encourage parents to teach their children about safe Internet use practices.

COOKIES

A cookie is a small text file stored by your browser that allows the website to “remember” your preferences (such as calendar settings and site bookmarks) on the site from visit to visit, or to maintain your “logged in” status when visiting protected areas. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. Web browsers have settings allowing you to reject cookies, or selectively accept cookies, or delete cookies previously accepted. Please be aware that rejecting or deleting cookies from our website may make certain functions unavailable to you.

LOGGING

Like most standard website servers, we use website statistic packages such as Google Analytics to analyze trends in how our website is accessed and utilized. Information monitored includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, geographic location of visitors (country, city), browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, time spent on pages, and keywords used to find our site via search engines. This information is anonymous and cannot be directly linked to individual users. We may use it to identify high-use or low-use areas of the site, pinpoint problem areas of the site, analyze broad demographic trends in our visitors, and make decisions about how to make it easier for people to find and navigate our website.

LINKS

This website may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website.

SECURITY

St. Mary’s takes reasonable precautions to protect our users’ personal

information. Whenever users submit personal information (such as contact info or credit card info) via online forms, registration, or online purchase, upon submission that information is encrypted. Servers that store personally identifiable information are in a secure environment. Under no circumstances are credit card numbers permanently stored on our website servers.

NON-SECURED COMMUNICATIONS

Posts to discussion forums, discussion boards, comments to blogs, or alumni class notes are viewable by other users. When these areas are not in a password-protected area, they may be viewable by the general public. Please be aware of this when posting personal information in these areas.

CHANGES TO POLICY

From time to time, we may change this Privacy Policy and our privacy practices because of changes in relevant and applicable legal or regulatory requirements, in our business practices, in our attempts to better serve your needs and in response to user feedback. When we do so, we will post a revised Privacy Policy on our website and a new effective date below. Any such change will be effective immediately upon posting on our website. St. Mary’s encourages you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to be informed of any such changes and how St. Mary’s is protecting and using your information.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If users have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at mmccabe@stmaryswinchester.org. At any point in time, you can change your information and your Preferences. Should you desired to be removed from any form of contact or a particular form of contact, whether that be all mail, a certain type of mail, phone calls, or e-mails, please contact us and let us know your preferences.