Accessibility

Accessibility

Comsewogue School District is committed to ensuring that our websites meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and adhere to Section 508 Compliance.  As a school district, we have taken many measures to ensure our websites are accessible for all users.

Some of the measures we have taken include:

Headings 

Headings must be nested and displayed in order of importance.  This measure is taken to ensure that content is organized in a proper manner.  Headings start with the most important information, defined by Rank 1 <h1> and is closed with the same </h1>.  The lowest rank is <h6>, closed by the same </h6>.

Headings are nested by categories, and must follow a structured order.

Color Contrast

It is important to us that all users can easily read the content we provide them with.  We use the WebAIM Color Contract Checker when using colored text on our website, in PDF documents, and all other documents and files created and maintained by the School District. These color contrast rules do not apply to graphics provided on our websites.

We are required to meet a color contrast of 4.50 for normal sized text (12 pt. or lower), or 3.00 for large text (14 pt. or larger).

Images

We provide alternative text for all images placed on our website and in documents created and maintained by the School District.  Alternative text ensures that screen readers and like devices can provide the user with a description of the picture in the event they are unable to see it.

Hyperlinks

To comply with accessibility guidelines, vendors that we link to must also meet the WCAG 2.0 Accessibility Guidelines.  We are working with all of our vendors to make sure that this is the case.  For our vendors that are not yet compliant, we encourage you to email webmaster@comsewogue.k12.ny.us and we will gladly provide you with the link.

In addition, all Hyperlinks are given a tooltip.  This is a brief description of where the link is taking you.  This is essentially the "alt text" for the link.

Tables

Tables must be given a table summary, which is essentially the same as the alt text for an image. the Table Summary should be a brief description of what the data is about. It is important to note that a table should only contain data that cannot be sorted in another way, such as using tabs and tab stops.

A header row must also be defined for a table. This will ensure that if the table is more than one page long, the first row of the table will repeat at the beginning of each new page.

Providing Equal Access

Some of the documents and/or content on our website may not completely comply with the WCAG 2.0 Accessibility Guidelines, but an alternative will always be provided.  This is the case for many of our documents that are posted.  The accessible version will be labeled (accessible) at the end of the document name.

Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel

The majority of our documents are produced in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint or Microsoft Excel.  We use the Accessibility Checker provided in these programs to check for ADA Compliance.

Inside these documents, we follow the same measures as we do on our website: Headings levels are used, color contrast of text is checked, images are given alternative text, and hyperlinks are formatted with a tooltip.

We also may use tables.  Tables within our documents are properly structured with a header row and are given a table summary or alt text.

We do not post these direct documents as they can be altered and manipulated by third parties.  All documents are exported into a PDF format and uploaded to the website in that manner.

Contact Us

You may contact webmaster@comsewogue.k12.ny.us if the format of any material on the School District's current websites interferes with your ability to access information and/or you require an accommodation.

To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the following:

  • The nature of your accessibility problem.

  • The preferred format in which to receive the material.

  • The Web address of the requested material.

  • Your contact information.

Accessibility and equal access for all users is important to Comsewogue School District, and we thank you for your support in making our websites accessible to everyone.

Please note that the School District is currently reviewing its website to ensure compliance with accessibility guidelines.

In the meantime, if the format of any material on the School District's current website interferes with your ability to access information and you require an accommodation, please contact the district. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the following:

• The nature of your accessibility problem.
• The preferred format in which to receive the material.
• The Web address of the requested material.
• Your contact information.

Please email this information to webmaster@comsewogue.k12.ny.us.