Website Accessibility Statement

The following guidelines have been provided to support the School District of Lee County’s use of District and School websites in order to effectively use these forums and follow federal, state and/or District rules and policies.

In addition to this document, employees contributing to the District and/or School websites are subject to the rules outlined in the District’s Acceptable Use Policy Governing Internet and Technology Access (#2.20), the Acceptable Use Policy Governing Cellular Phones (#2.201), the Student Records Policy (#4.19) and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (amended 2008) (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and Title II of the ADA.

All ethical expectations set forth in the “Code of Ethics and the Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession” apply.

ADA Compliance

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

The Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee 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 of 1990 (amended 2008) (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and Title II of the ADA 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 SDLC website and any official web presence which is developed by, maintained by, or offered through third party vendors and open sources, the District is committed to compliance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (amended 2008) (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and Title II of the ADA 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 SDLC programs, services, and activities delivered online.

SDLC is actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so endeavors to conform to WCAG 2.0 Level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Accessibility Initiative - Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 for web content.

Standards Compliance

Consistent Navigation

  • The main navigation menu is on the top of each page.
  • Website bread crumb links can be found above the content area of each page. 
  • The footer contains links to accessibility design aspects and ADA contact information.

Increasing font size

  • To increase the font size of the entire site, use the browser controls 
  • In all modern browsers (i.e. Internet Explorer 8, Firefox, Safari) you can select View > Zoom or use the appropriate keyboard controls 
  • In older versions of Internet Explorer, select View > Text Size

Images

  • Images used should convey meaning, and express that meaning in the Alt (Alternative) Text 
  • Content should be usable/accessible with images "off" (disabled)
  • If using a border around the image, color must be in high contrast for low vision or colorblind users
  • No “pop-up” images or advertising are allowed on school or district websites

Videos

  • When using videos, there must be closed or open captioning 
  • There must be an audio description file if visuals are not described in narration or dialogue
  • Advanced settings: video should not automatically play, the “show title,” “enable fullscreen” and “enable privacy enhanced mode” should be on
  • Transcript of video is suggested

Links

  • Link text should concisely define the destination of the link
  • Link text should not say “click here” unless including the destination i.e. “click here to go to leeschools.net”
  • If the link is to an outside site or document, it should open in a new tab

Portable Document Format (PDF)

  • Some documents are produced in portable document format. To improve viewing these files, please download the latest version of Adobe Reader, which is available for free at the Adobe web site.

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 of 1990 (amended 2008) (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and Title II of the ADA related to the accessibility of any official SDLC web presence that is developed by, maintained by, or offered through the SDLC, third party vendors and/or open sources may contact their school administrator, school webmaster or the Manager of Digital Media at the District level. The initial complaint or grievance should be made using Website Accessibility Complaint/Request Form, however, a verbal complaint or grievance may be made. When a school or district administrator or webmaster receives the information, they shall immediately inform the Supervisor of Digital Media for the District.

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

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

The complaint or grievance will be investigated by the District’s Supervisor of Digital Media or another person designated by the Superintendent. The student, parent, or member of the public shall be contacted no later than five (5) working days following the date the District’s Supervisor of Digital Media receives the information. The procedures to be followed are:

  • An investigation of the complaint shall be completed within fifteen (15) working days.
  • 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 shall be maintained at the District’s Communications Department. The record shall include a copy of the complaint or grievance filed, report of findings from the investigation, and the disposition of the matter.

Modifications to this Document

The very nature of the Internet and websites are that they are ever- changing. While the use of websites is commonplace, it is important that you remember to conduct yourself in an appropriate manner to avoid any unintended situations that could adversely affect your professional standing with the District. These guidelines are not intended to restrict your participation but rather to provide some protection if you choose to engage in online activities.

The School District of Lee County reserves the right to modify these guidelines at any time.