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FEATURE

Website
Accessibility
I

How an
Educational
Entity Can
Ensure its
Website is
Accessible to
those with
Disabilities
BY ELLIE R. AUSTIN
SCHOOLS LEGAL COUNSEL, SCHOOL
& COLLEGE LEGAL SERVICES OF
CALIFORNIA

n response to website accessibility, our office has received a
number of follow up questions
about how an educational entity
can ensure its website is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Specifically, our office has received
questions on the following issues:
* Whether a local educational agency
is required to maintain a website
* All required elements of a local educational agency website
* Accessibility notice requirements
* Website accessibility policies
* Corrective action plans
* Regulations on the horizon
These issues will be addressed in turn
below.
As in initial matter, the term local
educational agency ("LEA") will be
used throughout this Legal Update to
refer specifically to school districts and
county offices of education ("COE").
1. IS A LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY
REQUIRED TO HAVE A WEBSITE?

(This article is taken from an SCLS
Legal Update, originally published
on October 17, 2017.)

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Yes. Despite the absence of an explicit
statutory provision, this office interprets
the Education Code sections relative to
online posting requirements to require
an LEA to maintain a website.
For example, Education Code section
35258 requires every school district that
is connected to the internet to:
...make the information contained in
the School Accountability Report Card...
accessible on the Internet.
(Cal. Educ. Code § 35258(a).)
Other Education Code sections likewise strongly imply that maintenance of
a website is required to comply with the

statute. For instance, Education Code
section 48301, relative to school districts
of choice, provides:
A school district shall post application
information on its Internet Web site.
(Cal. Educ. Code § 48301(d); emphasis
added.)
Education Code section 54029,
relative to economic impact funding,
provides:
As a condition of the receipt of economic aid funding, a school district shall
post in an easily accessible location on
its Internet Web site data relative to economic impact funding...
(Cal. Educ. Code § 54029; emphasis
added.)
COEs must also maintain a website in
order to comply with certain Education
Code sections. For instance, Education
Code section 51224.7 requires that a
COE post its mathematics placement
policy on its Internet website. (This
section also applies to school districts
and charter schools.) Additionally,
COEs must post any local control and
accountability plan ("LCAP") approved
by the county board of education, as
well as all LCAPs submitted by school
districts (or links to those LCAPs),
on their websites. (Cal. Educ. Code §
52065.)
A number of other statutory provisions provide that certain content is
required to be posted on the website
of a school district1 or county office of
education. 2 Therefore, this office recommends that to ensure compliance
with relevant statutory authority and
to provide an easy avenue for students,
families, community members, and



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN
Student Free Speech: School Officials’ Response to Student Social Media Comments, “Likes” and Followers
CalPERS Rate Increases Begin to Stabilize
New School Nutrition Laws Take Effect
Website Accessibility: How an Educational Entity Can Ensure its Website is Accessible to those with Disabilities
After Years of Debate, Special Education Credential Seems Destined for Changes
School Board Elections and the California Voting Rights Act: Districts Shift from At-Large to District-Based Elections
ADVERTISER’S INDEX
SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - Intro
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - Student Free Speech: School Officials’ Response to Student Social Media Comments, “Likes” and Followers
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - CalPERS Rate Increases Begin to Stabilize
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - New School Nutrition Laws Take Effect
SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - Website Accessibility: How an Educational Entity Can Ensure its Website is Accessible to those with Disabilities
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - After Years of Debate, Special Education Credential Seems Destined for Changes
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - School Board Elections and the California Voting Rights Act: Districts Shift from At-Large to District-Based Elections
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