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    Barnstable Public Schools is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.

    This website endeavours to conform to WCAG 2.0 Level AA Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user-friendly for all people.

    This site has been built using code compliant with WCAG 2.0 Level AA standards for HTML and CSS. The site displays correctly in current browsers and using standards compliant HTML/CSS code means any future browsers will also display it correctly.

    Barnstable Public Schools strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website.

    We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility. In the meantime should you experience any difficulty in accessing the Barnstable Public Schools’ website, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please email me at orr_bethann@barnstable.k12.ma.us or bussiere_maura@barnstable.k12.ma.us or call the District Technology Office at 508.790.2813 to gain assistance.

    Discrimination against persons with disabilities is prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by public entities, whether or not they receive federal financial assistance). This includes discrimination against individuals currently without an impairment that substantially limits of a major life activity, but who have a record of or are regarded as having a disability.

    If you feel you should have to report a violation to the Office of Civil Rights, you can do so by contacting the official office through these means:

    Online: You may file a complaint with OCR using OCR’s electronic complaint form at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html.

    Mail or Facsimile: You may mail or send by facsimile information to the address or phone number available at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/addresses.html.  You may use OCR’s Discrimination Complaint Form or write your own letter.  If you write your own letter, please include:

    • The complainant’s name, address and, if possible (although not required), a telephone number where the complainant may be reached during business hours;
    • Information about the person(s) or class of persons injured by the alleged discriminatory act(s) (names of the injured person(s) are not required);
    • The name and location (city and state) of the institution that committed the alleged discriminatory act(s); and
    • A description of the alleged discriminatory act(s) in sufficient detail to enable OCR to understand what occurred, when it occurred, and the basis for the alleged discrimination.

    Email: You may email OCR’s Discrimination Complaint Form or your own signed letter to ocr@ed.gov. If you write your own letter, please include the information identified above.

     

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    If you need access to materials on our website and are unable to use them in our current format, please fill out the Request Alternate Format Materials form. Please allow up to one week for a response.