Website Accessibility Policy

SD151 Website Accessibility Policy

In order to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, websites must meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as instituted by the World Wide Web.

South Holland School District 151 is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website for students, parents, and members of the community with disabilities. All pages on the South Holland School District 151 websites will conform to the W3C WAI’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA conformance, or updated equivalents of these guidelines.

The Technology Director is directed to establish procedures whereby students, parents, and members of the public may present a complaint regarding a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 and Title II related to the accessibility of any official District web presence which is developed by, maintained by, or offered through the District or third party vendors and open sources.

Website Accessibility

With regard to the South Holland School District 151 website and any official South Holland School District 151 web presence which is developed by, maintained by, or offered through third party vendors and open sources, South Holland School District 151 is committed to compliance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 and Title II so that students, parents and members of the public with disabilities are able to independently acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same benefits and services within the same timeframe as those without disabilities, with substantially equivalent ease of use; and that they are not excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in any South Holland School District 151 programs, services, and activities delivered online.

All existing web content produced by South Holland School District 151, and new, updated and existing web content provided by third-party developers, will conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA conformance, or updated equivalents, by September 30, 2017. This Regulation applies to all new, updated, and existing web pages, as well as all web content produced or updated by South Holland School District 151 or provided by third-party developers.

 

Website Accessibility Concerns, Complaints and Grievances

Website Accessibility Concerns, Complaints and Grievances

A student, parent or member of the public who wishes to submit a complaint or grievance regarding a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 or Title II related to the accessibility of any official South Holland School District 151 web presence that is developed by, maintained by, or offered through South Holland School District 151, third party vendors and/or open sources may complain directly to a school administrator, or the school or District webmaster (Technology Director). The initial complaint or grievance should be made using the Website Accessibility Complaint/Request Form, however, a verbal complaint or grievance may be made. When a school administrator or School/District personnel receives the information, they shall immediately inform the Technology Director.

Whether or not a formal complaint or grievance is made, once South Holland School District 151 has been notified of inaccessible content, effective communication shall be provided as soon as possible to the reporting party to provide access to the information. The Complainant should not have to wait for the investigation of the complaint to be concluded before receiving the information that he/she was unsuccessful in accessing.

Complaints should be submitted in writing, via email, or by completing the website complaint form. To file a complaint or grievance regarding the inaccessibility of South Holland School District 151 public website content, the Complainant should submit the website feedback form.

The formal ADA non-compliance complaint should include the following:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of the Complaint
  • Description of the problem encountered
  • Web address or location of the problem page
  • Solution desired
  • Contact information in case more details are needed (email and phone number)

The complaint or grievance will be investigated by the Technology Director or another person designated by the Technology Director and or Superintendent. The student, parent, or member of the public shall be contacted no later than five (5) working days following the date the website accessibility compliance coordinator receives the information. The procedures to be followed are:

  • An investigation of the complaint shall be completed within fifteen (15) working days. Extension of the timeline may only be approved by the Technology Director.
  • The investigator shall prepare a written report of the findings and conclusions within five (5) working days of the completion of the investigation.
  • The investigator shall contact the Complainant upon conclusion of the investigation to discuss the findings and conclusions and actions to be taken as a result of the investigation.
  • A record of each complaint and grievance made pursuant to Governing Board Policy shall be maintained at the District office. The record shall include a copy of the complaint or grievance filed, report of findings from the investigation, and the disposition of the matter.
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