Language Assistance is a translation and interpreting service provided for families and school staff to overcome language barriers and improve communication. The purpose is to engage families in the educational process and activities in a meaningful way.
Title VI applies to all school districts that are recipients of federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education, and broadly prohibits districts from subjecting students to discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin.
In Lau v. Nichols, 414 U.S. 563 (1974), the Supreme Court determined that where the inability to speak and understand the English language excludes national origin minority students from effective participation in educational programs, districts must take affirmative steps to ensure that such English learner students (EL students) can meaningfully participate in the district’s educational programs and services in order to comply with Title VI.
Districts must ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) parents/guardians have meaningful access to the district’s enrollment and registration process as well as other educational programs and services in a language they can understand.
In MCCSC schools, approximately 400 English learners who represent over 40 languages were enrolled (Feb., 2017). However, more than 70 different langauges are represented by both English learners and students who demonstrated proficiency in English (440 students). Some parents and guardians of the students who are fluent in English may need language assistance. Approximately 60% of the students represent the following four languages: Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic.
Parents/guardians may request translation and interpreting services at no cost. Schools must be prepared to arrange the services for families who may need language assistance.
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Translation service is provided by interpreters/translators on staff and through a translation company for other languages. Service requests can be sent to the Language Assistance contact person.
Translation should be considered if a written document is for:
District-wide or school-wide communication
Emergency or critical communication
A significant number of limited English speakers as the audience
Note: Translating documents may take up to several weeks depending on the length. Please plan in advance to allow sufficient time for translation.
Examples of Document Translation
Enrollment related forms
Parent rights related documents
Required parent notification letters
Student expectations, code of conduct
Bilingual Interpreters on Staff
We have the following language interpreters on staff. An over-the-phone interpreting service is used for all other languages. An interpreter can be requested by phone or email. Please provide the interpreter with details of the service needs.