The Cottonwood School takes privacy seriously.
When you visit the website and social media pages of The Cottonwood School, we collect no information about you, other than information automatically collected and stored, unless you choose to provide that information to us.
Information Automatically Collected and Stored from The Cottonwood School Website
When you browse through any website, certain personal information about you may be collected. We automatically collect and temporarily store the following information about your visit:
- Domain name used to access the Internet (e.g., gmail.com if you are using a Google account, or stanford.edu if you are connecting from Stanford University’s domain)
- Date and time of the visit
- Pages visited
- Type of browser used (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)
- The website address from whence you came
We use this information for statistical purposes and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, no additional information will be collected about you. The Cottonwood School will record your email address in the event that you fill out one of our website forms. Your email address will be temporarily stored and will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it. Your email address will not be added to any mailing lists.
Personally Provided Information
You do not have to give us personal information to visit our website. If you choose to provide us with additional information about yourself through an email message, form, etc., we will only maintain the information as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication. Communications, which are considered official correspondence, are maintained for historical purposes, as required by law. These communications are archived on a monthly basis, but are also protected by the Privacy Act, which restricts our use of them yet permits certain disclosures.
Consistent with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ policy on the usage of persistent cookies, they are not used on this site. “Persistent Web cookies” are defined as Web cookies that can track the activities of users over time and across different websites.
The Cottonwood School does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about our visitors unless required for law enforcement by statute.
Systems of Records
Information originally collected in traditional paper systems can be submitted electronically (e.g., electronic commerce transactions and information updates about eligibility benefits). Electronically submitted information is maintained and destroyed pursuant to the Federal Records Act, and in some cases may be subject to the Privacy Act. If the information that you submit is to be used in a Privacy Act system of records, there will be a Privacy Act Notice provided.
Official “The Cottonwood School” Social Media Pages and Third-Party Websites
We maintain accounts on third-party websites as tools to better interact with the public. These include social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The security and privacy policies of third-party websites apply to your activity on those sites. Users of third-party websites often share information with the general public, user community, and/or the third-party operating the website.
You should review the privacy policies of all websites before using them and ensure that you understand how your information may be used. You should also adjust the privacy settings on your account on any third-party website to match your preferences.