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Site Security & Intrusion Detection

For security purposes and to make sure this service remains available to all users, we use special software programs for monitoring network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise to cause damage to this government computer system. These programs collect no information that would directly identify individuals, but they do collect information that could help us identify someone attempting to tamper with this Web site.

If you use this system, you should understand that all activities may be monitored and recorded. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring. WARNING — If such monitoring reveals possible evidence of criminal activity, monitoring records may be provided to law enforcement officials.

Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, we make no other attempts to identify individual users or their usage habits. We only use raw monitoring data logs for determining trends in usage patterns and in diagnosing system problems.

If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please forward them to us: contactus@nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools (NBRS) Site Security & Intrusion Detection Policy has been adapted from the Department of Education Site Security & Intrusion Detection Policy located here: https://www2.ed.gov/notices/security/index.html
This document was last updated on January 31, 2018


Accessibility Statement

The National Blue Ribbon Schools is committed to making its electronic and information technologies accessible to individuals with disabilities by meeting or exceeding the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended in 1998. Section 508 is a federal law that requires agencies to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to electronic information and data comparable to those who do not have disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. The Section 508 Standards are the technical requirements and criteria that are used to measure conformance within this law. More information on Section 508 and the technical standards can be found at http://www.section508.gov/summary-section508-standards.

If you wish to report an issue related to the accessibility of any content on our website, including a complaint about the accessibility of a document, form, or statement you may do so in any of the following ways:

Complete the online form. Please include the web address or URL along with a detailed description of the problems you have encountered.
Email: Section508@nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov. Please include the web address or URL along with a detailed description of the problems you have encountered.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools (NBRS) Accessibility Statement has been adapted from the Department of Education Accessibility Statement located here: https://www2.ed.gov/notices/accessibility/index.html


Comments Policy

The purpose of these pages is to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on education issues. We encourage your comments; your ideas and concerns are important to ensure that a broad range of educators are active and informed participants in the discussion. NBRS reserves the right to modify this policy at any time and NBRS expressly reserves the right not to post comments on these pages.

Comments on these pages are reviewed before they are posted. NBRS retains the right to post or not post comments. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that:

  • contain vulgar or abusive language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups
  • promote services or products (non-commercial links that are relevant to the blog post or comment are acceptable)
  • are clearly “off topic,” or “spam”
  • make unsupported accusations
  • reference federal employees by name.

We don’t edit comments to remove objectionable content, so please ensure that your comment contains none of the above.

We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as soon as reasonably possible; in the majority of cases, this means the next business day.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, addresses, or phone numbers in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include your name in a comment, which we generally do not recommend, that comment may or may not be posted on these pages. If your comment is posted, your name may be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, addresses, email address, phone numbers, or similar personally identifiable information.

Questions you post for the Department of Education will not be answered here. If you have a question for us, please contact us via our online contact form www.nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/contact. If you are a reporter please contact us via our online contact form www.nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/contact

Privacy

We do not collect any personally identifying information. Please see our privacy policies page located at: www.nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/contact/privacy-policy/

Linking Policy and Disclaimer of Endorsement

The views expressed in NBRS website do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Education or any other office in the federal government.

The NBRS website blog includes useful hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations and individuals’ blogs. We provide these links and pointers solely for our users’ information and convenience.

When you select a link to an outside website, you are leaving NBRS website and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.
NBRS website does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked website.
NBRS website does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.
NBRS website cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website. Those who provide comments are responsible for the copyright of the text they provide. Contact the website manager to clarify who owns the rights to any materials before copying.

What This Blog Is Not

This is a place for collecting suggestions and new ideas, not a substitute channel for NBRS services or general questions. Contact us via our online contact form www.nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/contact to get help from NBRS.

Don’t send in questions or status inquiries about any specific matters or complaints involving ED. Instead, contact us via our online contact form at www.nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/contact.

Don’t submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this blog. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.

These pages may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

NBRS does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on these pages is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. NBRS may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. NBRS does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those Web sites that may be reached through links on our Web site.

Opinions in comments that appear in this blog belong to the individuals who expressed them. They do not belong to or represent views of the NBRS program or the U.S. Department of Education.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools (NBRS) comments policy has been adapted from the Department of Education comments policy located here: http://www.ed.gov/blog/comments-policy/
This document was last updated on January 31, 2018


Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy Summary

Thank you for visiting the National Blue Ribbon Schools website and reviewing our privacy policy. This website is operated by RMC Research Corporation for the Department of Education under contract on behalf of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program (Contract # GS-02F-0072X). This privacy policy applies to the National Blue Ribbon Schools (NBRS) website and all services offered by RMC Research for the purposes of this contract.

This Privacy Policy governs the manner in which the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program collects, uses, maintains, and discloses information collected from users (each, a “User”) of the https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/ website (“Site”). This privacy policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.

Personal identification information

We may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit our Site, register on the Site, subscribe to the newsletter, respond to a survey, or fill out a form, and in connection with other activities, services, features, or resources made available on our Site. Users may be asked, as appropriate, for name, email address, mailing address, phone number. Users may, however, visit our Site anonymously. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, although that may prevent them from engaging in certain Site-related activities.

Non-personal identification information

We may collect non-personal identification information about Users when they interact with our Site. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer and technical information about the User’s means of connection to our Site, such as the operating system and the Internet service providers used and similar information.

Web browser cookies

Our Site may use “cookies” to enhance the User experience. The User’s web browser places cookies on his or her hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. The User may choose to set the web browser to refuse cookies, or to send an alert when cookies are being sent. If the User elects to refuse cookies, some parts of the Site may not function properly.

How we use collected information

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program may collect and use Users’ personal information for the following purposes:

  • To improve customer service
    Information you provide helps us respond to your customer service requests and support needs more efficiently.
  • To personalize the User experience
    We may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Users as a group use the services and resources provided on our Site.
  • To improve our Site
    We may use feedback you provide to improve our products and services.
  • To send periodic emails
    If the User decides to opt-in to our mailing list, he or she will receive emails that may include program news, updates, related product or service information, etc. If at any time the User wishes to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email. Alternatively, the User may contact us via our Site.

How we protect your information

We adopt appropriate data collection, storage, and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, transaction information, and data stored on our Site.

Our Site is in compliance with PCI vulnerability standards in order to create as secure of an environment as possible for Users.

Sharing your personal information

We do not sell, trade, or rent Users’ personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and Users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above. We may use third-party service providers to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys. We may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that you have given us your permission.

Third party websites

Users may find advertising or other content on our Site that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors, and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may change constantly. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interacting on any other website, including websites which link to our Site, are subject to that website’s own terms and policies.

Compliance with children’s online privacy protection act

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our Site from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

Changes to this privacy policy

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page. We encourage Users to frequently check this page for any changes to stay informed about how we are protecting the personal information we collect. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms

By using this Site, you signify your acceptance of this policy and terms of service. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, please contact us at:
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program
https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/contact/privacy-policy/
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program
c/o RMC Research Corporation
1000 Market St. Suite 2
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603.422.8888
ContactUs@NationalBlueRibbonSchools.ed.gov

The National Blue Ribbon Schools (NBRS) Privacy Policy has been adapted from the Department of Education Privacy Policy located here: https://www2.ed.gov/notices/privacy/index.html
This document was last updated on January 31, 2018