INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Privacy Policy

Effective Date: April 18, 2016

Innovate Public Schools (“INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS”) values your privacy.  In this Privacy Policy (“Policy”), we describe how we collect, use, and disclose information that we obtain about visitors to our website www.innovateschools.org (the “Site”) and the services available through our Site (collectively, the “Services”).

By visiting the Site, or using any of our Services, you agree that your personal information will be handled as described in this Policy. Your use of our Site or Services, and any dispute over privacy, is subject to this Policy, which are incorporated by reference into this Policy and include applicable limitations on damages and the resolution of disputes.

What Information Do We Collect About You and Why?


We may collect information about you directly from you and from third parties, as well as automatically through your use of our Site or Services.

Information We Collect Automatically. Like most website operators, INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS uses cookies, web beacons, and other technologies to automatically collect certain information about your use of our Site, including the browser type, and operating system; language preference; the date and time of each visitor request; your domain name; web pages you view; links you click; your IP address; the length of time you visit our Site and use our Services; and the referring URL, or the webpage that led you to our Site. We collect this information to better understand how visitors use our website. From time to time, INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.  Please see the “Cookies and Other tracking” section below for more detail.

Information We Collect Directly From You. Certain areas and features of our Site and Services allow you to register with us. To register you must provide your email address. We also may collect additional optional information from you, including first name, last name, zip code, mobile number, SMS opt-in, organization or school, title; however, you are not required to provide us with this information. The amount and type of information that INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for our newsletter to provide their first name, last name, zip code and email address.

Surveys and other Participatory Questionnaires. From time-to-time our site requests information via surveys, contests or questionnaires. Participation in these requests is completely voluntary and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code). Contact information will be used to notify the participants. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use of and satisfaction with this Site, products and other services and developing new sites and services.

SMS. Parents can sign up to receive SMS alerts from us. Like most SMS operators, INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS collects personally-identifying information, such as mobile number, date and time of message, and message content. Additionally when provided by the user, other information like name and zip code is collected to personalize services.

How We Use Your Information

We use your information, including your personal information, for the following purposes:

  • To send you education alerts, news, newsletters and other information, including, with your consent, SMS messages.
  • To provide our Services to you, to communicate with you about your use of our Services, to respond to your inquiries, to fulfill your orders, and for other customer service purposes.
  • To tailor the content and information that we may send or display to you, to offer location customization, and personalized help and instructions, and to otherwise personalize your experiences while using the Site or our Services.
  • To assist us in advertising on third party websites.
  • To better understand how users access and use our Site and Services, both on an aggregated and individualized basis, in order to improve our Site and Services, as well as our offerings, and respond to user desires and preferences, and for other research and analytical purposes.

How We Share Your Information

We may share your information, including personal information, as follows:

  • Other Site Visitors. Your user name and any information that you post to our Site, including, without limitation, reviews, comments, and text will be available to, and searchable by, all users of the Site and Services.
  • Partners. We may from time to time share information about you (such as name and email) with third party partners who may contact you.
  • Service Providers. We may disclose the information we collect from you to third party vendors, service providers, contractors or agents who perform functions on our behalf.
  • Business Transfers. If we merge with another entity, or if substantially all of our assets are transferred to another company, or as part of a bankruptcy proceeding, we may transfer the information we have collected from you to the other company.
  • In Response to Legal Process. We also may disclose the information we collect from you in order to comply with the law, a judicial proceeding, court order, or other legal process, such as in response to a subpoena.
  • To Protect Us and Others. We also may disclose the information we collect from you where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person, violations of our Terms of Use or this Policy, or as evidence in litigation in which we are
  • Aggregate and De-Identified Information. We may share aggregate or de-identified information about users with third parties for advertising, research or similar purposes. For example, INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS may collect and distribute statistics about the behavior of visitors to other organizations or individuals. INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS also may reveal how many members have purchased goods or services; or, may disclose the popularity of specific website articles.

Our Use of Cookies and Other Tracking Mechanisms

We use cookies, clear GIFs, log files and other tracking mechanisms to collect information about your use of our Site and Services.  We may combine this information with other personal information we collect from you. Currently, our systems do not recognize browser “do-not-track” requests. You may, however, disable certain tracking as discussed in this section (e.g., by disabling cookies).

Cookies A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS uses cookies to help INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS identify and track visitors, their usage of INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS website, and their website access preferences. Some of INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ partners or website software vendors may use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers and sponsors).  However, we have no access to or control over these cookies.  Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in the future.  The “Help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to disable cookies or change your cookies settings.

Clear GIFs, pixel tags and other technologies. Clear GIFs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, which are embedded invisibly on web pages.  We may use clear GIFs (a.k.a. web beacons, web bugs or pixel tags), in connection with our Sites to track the activities of visitors to our Sites, help us manage content, and compile statistics about usage of our Sites.  We may also use clear GIFs in HTML emails to our clients, to help us track email response rates, identify when our emails are viewed, and track whether our emails are forwarded.

Third-Party Analytics We also use automated devices and applications, such as Google Analytics, to evaluate usage of our Sites and the services we provide.  We use these tools to gather non-personal information about users to help us improve our services, performance and user experiences.  These analytics providers may use cookies and other technologies to perform their services, and may combine the information that they collect about you on our Sites with other information that they have collected.  This Policy does not cover such third parties’ use of the data.

Plug-ins and Social Media Widgets

Our Site may include social media features and widgets, such as the Facebook Like button and the “Share this” button, as well as other interactive mini-programs that run on our Site and Services and enable certain features to work (e.g., blogs and comments). These features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our Site, and may set a cookie to enable the feature to function properly and for purposes. These features are displayed on our Site, but are hosted by third parties, and are subject to their own privacy policies, not this one. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing them

SMS or Mobile

Parents can sign up to receive SMS alerts from us.  Users will only receive messages if they have specifically opted in for them; standard text message rates will apply. For information about how to control, amend or stop SMS messages from us, please review our SMS Policy at https://innovateschools.org/sms.

Your Access to and Control Over Information

You may update or delete your account registration information with us by logging in with your username and password and making the change, or by emailing us at, info@innovateschools.org.  We will maintain a copy of your information for a time as part of our business records, and as needed

Security

We take precautions to protect your information, and have implemented security measures to protect the information we collect. Please be aware that despite our best efforts, no data security measures can guarantee 100% security.

Marketing Communications

If you are a registered user of INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, or have supplied us your email address, INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS may occasionally send you an email message to tell you about new products and services, solicit your feedback, update you on changes, or inform you on the latest happenings within the industry.  You may opt-out of such communications by following the opt-out instructions contained in the e-mail. Please note that it may take up to 10 business days for us to process opt-out requests. If you opt-out of receiving emails about recommendations or other information we think may interest you, we may still send you e-mails about your account or any Services you have requested or received from us.

Children Under 13

Our Site and Services are designed for parents, not children under 13. If we discover that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we will delete such information from our systems.

Links

This website and messages from INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or 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 any other website that collects personally identifiable information.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and at INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ sole discretion. INNOVATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site and/or services after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change. If we make material changes to this policy, which materially affect our practices with regard to the personal information we have previously collected from you, we will endeavor to provide you with notice in advance of such change by highlighting it on our Site.

If you have any questions for us regarding our privacy practices, or if you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via telephone at (650) 562-6200 or via email at info@innovateschools.org.