Thank you for visiting the Independence Community School District and for reviewing our privacy policy. The Independence Community School District is committed to ensuring the privacy of all our website users. The following are short descriptions of how we ensure our visitors’ security, to what degree we secure any submitted personal information, and the general security that we provide for our staff and students concerning this website.

Anonymous Information Collected and Stored Automatically:
This website receives information that is automatically generated by a user’s Internet service provider (ISP). This information may include: the IP address (a number automatically assigned to a computer by the ISP); the associated URLs; domain types; the browser type used to access our site; the country, state and telephone area code; the location of the ISP’s servers; the pages of our site that the user views during the visit; any search terms entered on this site; and the website address and e-mail address of a user. This information may be collected for system administration purposes, to gather broad demographic information or to monitor the level of activity on the site. This information provides us with a variety of ways to make our site more useful to our visitors.

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, our computer system monitors all network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or attempts to otherwise cause damage.

Personal Information:
We do not collect any personal information unless voluntarily provided such as in an email to a staff or faculty member or when completing an on-line form. In these instances, we use this information only to respond to visitor messages and to help us meet requests. Personal information will be shared with the minimum amount of contacts necessary to address concerns and will not be transferred to any non-affiliated third parties unless stated at the time of collection.

State law requires us to maintain some material (including emails) received by Independence Community School District employees over varying lengths of time. These laws sometimes require public disclosure of certain materials as well. We will release any submitted materials, regardless of the content, if required to do so by law or judicial subpoena.

Information provided will be handled in accordance with Board Policy, State Law, and Federal Law. The Independence Community School District does not collect or use information for commercial marketing purposes.

Children:
Parents and guardians have the right to approve, disapprove, or revoke a previously granted right to post a student’s picture or other personally identifiable information. Please contact webmaster@independence.k12.ia.us with questions or concerns.

Confidentiality and Security:
All Independence Community School District email account information is password protected, meaning that only the intended recipients of an email (or an administrator of the email system) may read it.
In certain areas, we use industry standard SSL-encryption to protect data transmissions which ensures that any information passing through these areas will not be intercepted and will remain confidential.

The Independence Community School District may set and access cookies on a visitor’s computer. Cookies are small pieces of data that a website can use to store information on a computer. This allows the website to tailor its information to suit a visitor’s personal preferences, and to provide a visitor with a more timely and meaningful visit. Most Internet browsers allow for the deletion or limited acceptance of cookies.

Links to Other Sites:
This site may contain links to other websites on the Internet that are owned and operated by third parties. The information practices of those websites are not covered by this Privacy Policy, but by their own terms and policies which should be read carefully by visitors. These other sites may send their own cookies to users, collect data or solicit personal information. This privacy policy only applies to the www.independence.k12.ia.us website.

Changes to this Privacy Policy:
The Independence Community School District reserves the right to update and change this policy as necessary. Any changes to this policy will be posted in our Privacy Policy page to reflect the date of modification.

Contact Us:
If you have questions about this privacy statement or comments and feedback about this website, please email webmaster@independence.k12.ia.us or write to:

Webmaster
Independence Community School District
1207 First Street West
Independence, IA 50644