Rowntree Montessori Schools (“RMS”) is committed to protecting the privacy of our families, students, employees, alumni and other individuals about or from whom we collect personal information. We value the trust of those we deal with, and of the public, and recognize that maintaining this trust requires that we be transparent and accountable in how we treat the information that you choose to share with us.
Rowntree Montessori Schools embraces the principles of the Canadian Standards Association Model Code for the Protection of Personal Information to ensure that all personal information is properly collected, used only for the purpose for which it’s collected, and is disposed of in a safe and timely manner when no longer required.
During the course of our various projects and activities, we frequently gather and use personal information. Anyone from whom we collect such information should expect that it will be carefully protected and that any use of or dealing with this information is subject to consent. Consent is given upon signing the RMS Application for Admission, as well as the Student/Parent Handbook Consent Forms/Waiver Package signature page. Our privacy practices are designed to achieve this.
“personal information” means any information about an identifiable individual. Personal information does not include the position name or title, business telephone number, business address, business email, and business fax number of an individual;
“parent” means the parent, guardian or other legal representative of a student who has entered into a contract with RMS;
“student” means a prospective, current or past student of Rowntree Montessori Schools;
“collect” means to gather, receive or record personal information from any source or by any method;
“use” means the management of personal information by RMS for any purpose;
“disclose” means to make personal information available to, or known to someone outside of RMS;
“record” includes books, documents, maps, letters, papers, photographs and any other thing on which information is recorded or stored by graphic, electronic, mechanical or other means.
DEFINING PERSONAL INFORMATION
Personal information is any information that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual. Most of the information that RMS collects comes to the School directly from parents or students, or is information regarding a student’s school activities, performance or behaviour, such as attendance records or grades. This also includes information on academic, health, and personal matters needed by the School to provide its students with education and co-curricular programs.
Exceptions: business contact information and certain publicly available information, such as names, addresses and telephone numbers as published in telephone directories, are not considered personal information.
Where an individual uses his or her home contact information as business contact information as well, we consider that the contact information is business contact information, and is not therefore subject to protection as personal information.
Every individual has the right, upon written request, to obtain an account of personal information which concerns him/her and which is held by the school, and to be informed of the ways in which the personal information has been and is being used, and the names of the individuals and organizations to whom it has been disclosed.
RMS will make a reasonable effort to:
- Assist an individual who is requesting personal information;
- Respond accurately and completely to written requests; and
- Provide the requested personal information, or provide an opportunity to examine the information where it cannot reasonably be provided.
Students and Parents of students may access and verify any personal information with appropriate written notice, to allow the office the necessary time to supply the information required. RMS will respond within 30 days of a written request and will make reasonable efforts to provide the personal information requested sooner where possible.
In certain circumstances, RMS may not provide access to all or part of the personal information requested, for example, where disclosure would reveal personal information about another individual, where the information was collected for the purpose of an investigation, or where disclosure would threaten the safety or health of an individual.
In the event that RMS cannot provide access to personal information, it will inform the individual of the reasons why, subject to any legal or regulatory restrictions and it will inform the individual regarding any available recourse.
Personal information gathered by Rowntree Montessori Schools is kept in confidence. Our personnel are authorized to access personal information based only on their need to deal with the information for the reason(s) for which it is obtained. Safeguards are in place to ensure that information is not disclosed or shared more widely than is necessary to achieve the purpose for which it was gathered. We also take measures to ensure the integrity of this information is maintained and to prevent its being lost or destroyed.
PURPOSES FOR WHICH PERSONAL INFORMATION IS COLLECTED
RMS collects and uses personal information to provide students with the best possible learning experience. RMS requires the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information for, but not limited to, the following purposes:
- To communicate with students and parents, process applications, assess and determine the suitability of a prospective or current student for admission and for a particular grade, level, or classroom.
- To administer and provide educational and extra-curricular programs.
- To enable the school to operate its administrative functions, including payment and collection of school fees; administration; billing and accounting; and maintenance of non-educational school programs, including parent and volunteer participation.
- To maintain the smooth operation of building security policies, including sign out registers and phone calls.
- To communicate with members of RMS staff about physical or emotional health issues that are deemed important for the safety of the student and for the maintenance of a safe and harassment-free environment.
- To monitor use of RMS facilities, including email and internet use, in accordance with RMS Policies and Guidelines, a copy of which has been provided to each student’s parents.
- To communicate with current and former students and their parents regarding school activities, special events, future plans, and opportunities to volunteer.
- To comply with applicable statutes.
RMS may also use anonymous information, such as information collected through surveys or statistical information regarding students, to constantly improve our school.
Personal information is communicated within RMS only to persons for whom such information is necessary for the performance of their functions and duties.
RMS may provide personal information to outside organizations contracted by the school to perform specialized services such as printing, consulting, market research or data processing. Suppliers of specialized services are given only the information necessary to perform those services, and RMS takes appropriate steps to ensure that such information is securely transferred and stored and is used only to fulfill the purposes for which it was communicated to the service provider.
Personal information may be disclosed to third parties to enable the school to perform the purposes set out above or in accordance with specific consent obtained in other circumstances, as described below.
DISCLOSURE WITHOUT CONSENT
RMS may, without the consent of the student or the student’s Parent, disclose personal information it holds about the student or student’s Parent in the following circumstances:
- a) as permitted or required by applicable law or regulatory requirements, most often in relation to family court issues, legal proceedings, court orders, government tax reporting requirements or Ontario Ministry of Education purposes;
- b) to a person responsible for the prevention or detection of a crime or a statutory offence;
- c) to comply with valid legal processes such as search warrants, subpoenas, or court orders;
- d) to a government body that collects such information as part of its functions;
- e) to a person who must act urgently to protect the life, health, or safety of the person concerned or of other individuals;
- f) to law enforcement authorities or investigation agencies when RMS has serious reasons to believe that a fraud or statutory offence may be or has been committed.
In the above-mentioned situations, RMS will endeavour not to disclose more personal information than is required under the circumstances.
WEBSITE AND ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS
Our website is available for the benefit of our families, students, employees, alumni and those interested in supporting our organization. It is free for use by individual web users.
All personal information such as e-mail addresses and financial information, collected by Rowntree Montessori School’s website is knowingly and specifically supplied to us by the website user. We use password protocols and encryption software to protect personal and other information we receive when a product or service is transacted and/or paid for online. We expect that all Internet users are running the latest version of their Web browser and that security features are enabled.
For website users under 18, please be sure to obtain your parent’s or guardian’s permission before you send any information about yourself to us or anyone else over the Internet. We encourage parents to get involved with their children’s online usage and to be aware of the activities in which they are participating.
RMS retains personal information in order to satisfy the purposes for which it was collected, to satisfy its legal obligations and to protect its interests. RMS will destroy personal information or render it anonymous when the purpose for which that information was collected is no longer being served, and retention is no longer necessary for legal, governmental or business purposes.
RMS recognizes that it is important to keep personal information accurate, complete and up-to-date and will take appropriate steps to ensure that the personal information collected is as accurate and complete as is reasonably required in connection with the purposes for which it was collected, used or disclosed. Students and parents must report changes in personal information (address, telephone number, etc.) to RMS administration within 5 business days of such change and in writing. RMS does not continually update the personal information it holds regarding a student unless this is necessary for the purposes for which this information was collected.
RMS will protect personal information by security safeguards that are appropriate to the sensitivity level of the information to ensure the confidentiality of the information and to prevent loss, unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure, copying, modification or disposal.
The School’s Employees
In the course of daily operations, all personal information is treated as confidential and is only used by RMS employees or disclosed to third parties if needed for the performance of their duties or the execution of their mandates, except where use or disclosure without consent is permitted or required by law. For example, teachers will have access to personal information about students but not your account with the School.
All employees are appropriately educated about the importance of privacy and their obligation to ensure that such information is safeguarded, and agree to respect and maintain the confidentiality of personal information which they may handle or have access to in the course of their duties.
Student files are stored in secured filing cabinets. Access is restricted to only those employees (teachers, teacher-aides, counselors, secretaries, etc.) who, by nature of their work, are required to see them.
The school manages electronic files appropriately with passwords and security measures that limit access by unauthorized personnel. The school’s security practices are reviewed periodically to ensure that the privacy of personal information is not compromised.
RMS will obtain students and students’ Parent consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information except where we are authorized under PIPEDA to so do without consent.
Consent can be provided orally, in writing, or electronically, through a Parent.
Any questions or concerns about RMS’ privacy and confidentiality policies and practices should be directed to the Chief Privacy Officer of Rowntree Montessori Schools:Tina Essaye
3 Sunforest Drive
Work: (905) 790–3838
Fax: (905) 790–5686