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To enhance communication with students, parents/guardians, staff, and community members, the Board of Education encourages the development and ongoing maintenance of district and school web sites. Web sites shall be aligned with the district's plans for communications and media relations.

Web Accessibility

The district is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website for students, parents, and members of the community, including those with disabilities. District websites will be maintained in accordance with federal and state laws, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

This policy applies to all new, updated, and existing district-webpages and any online content and functionality developed by, maintained by, or offered through a third-party vendor or through the use of open sources.

Design Standards

The Superintendent or designee shall establish design standards for district web pages that will conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines ("WCAG") 2.0, Level AA standards in order to maintain District web pages in a manner that ensures accessibility to all persons, including those with disabilities, unless such conformance would constitute an undue burden or fundamental alteration.

In the event that conformance with WCAG 2.0, Level AA standards is not possible, the district shall provide an equal and effective access to electronic and information technology to persons with disabilities.

Content

The Superintendent or designee shall develop content guidelines for district and school web sites in accordance with the WCAG 2.0, Level AA standards. These guidelines shall be consistent with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation.

Staff, students, or other persons may submit requests for web publication of materials to the Superintendent or designee, who shall ensure that the content adheres to district guidelines and policies. Publication of web materials relating to programs, services, operations, and activities of the district without prior district approval shall be prohibited.

District and school web sites shall not include content that is obscene, libelous, or slanderous, or which creates a clear and present danger of inciting students to commit unlawful acts, violate school rules, or substantially disrupt the school's orderly operation.

The Superintendent or designee should ensure that copyright laws are not violated in the use of material on district or school web sites.

Advertising on district or school web sites may be accepted under the same restrictions and conditions set forth in law, Board policy, and administrative regulations pertaining to advertising in district and school-sponsored publications.

Privacy Rights

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that web site content protects the privacy rights of students, parents/guardians, staff, Board members, and other individuals.

Phone numbers, home addresses, and email addresses of students or their parents/guardians shall not be published on a district or school web page.

Because of the wide accessibility of the Internet and potential risk to students, photograph(s) of a student shall not be published with his/her name or other personally identifiable information without the prior written consent of the student's parent/guardian. Photographs of groups of students, such as at a school event, may be published provided that students' names are not included.

Home addresses or telephone numbers of staff members shall not be posted.

No public safety official shall be required as a condition of employment to consent to the posting on the Internet of his/her photograph or identity as a public safety officer for any purpose if that officer reasonably believes that the disclosure may result in a threat, harassment, intimidation, or harm to the officer or his/her family. (Government Code 3307.5)

District and school web sites shall not post the home address or telephone number of any elected or appointed official including, but not limited to, a Board member or public safety official, without the prior written permission of that individual. (Government Code 3307.5, 6254.21, 6254.24)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35182.5 Contracts for advertising

35258 Internet access to school accountability report cards

48907 Exercise of free expression; rules and regulations

48950 Speech and other communication

49061 Definitions, directory information

49073 Release of directory information

60048 Commercial brand names, contracts or logos

GOVERNMENT CODE

3307.5 Publishing identity of public safety officers

6254.21 Publishing addresses and telephone numbers of officials

6254.24 Definition of public safety official

11135 Nondiscrimination; accessibility to state web sites

PENAL CODE

14029.5 Prohibition against publishing personal information of person in witness protection program

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 17

101-1101 Federal copyright law

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1232g Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 29

794 Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; accessibility to federal web sites

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42

12101-12213 Americans with Disabilities Act

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 16

312.1-312.12 Children's Online Privacy

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 28

35.130 Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34

99.1-99.67 Family Educational Rights and Privacy

100.4 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

COURT DECISIONS

Aaris v. Las Virgenes Unified School District, (1998) 64 Cal.App.4th 1112

Management Resources:

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PUBLICATIONS

Accessibility of State and Local Government Websites to People with Disabilities, June 2003

WORLD WIDE WEB CONSORTIUM PUBLICATIONS

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, December 2008: https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Department of Education, Web Accessibility Standards: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/webaccessstds.asp

California School Public Relations Association: http://www.calspra.org

U.S. Department of Justice, Americans with Disabilities Act: http://www.ada.gov

World Wide Web Consortium, Web Accessibility Initiative: http://www.w3.org/wai

Policy VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: April 20, 2017 Vista, California