Language Assistance is a translation and interpreting service 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 based on 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 learners can meaningfully participate in the district’s educational programs and services 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 and other educational programs and services in a language they can understand.
MCCSC embraces cultural and linguistic diversity, with students representing 65 countries and 70 heritage languages other than English (August 2022). Among the students whose heritage language is other than English, approximately 44% are English learners (66% in K-6 and 34% in grades 7-12).
The top 5 languages are Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, and Vietnamese. 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 services for families who may need language assistance.
% of Students
Interpreters/translators on staff and through a translation company provide translation services. Service requests can be sent to the Language Assistance contact person.
The 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 in the audience
Note: Translating documents may take up to several weeks, depending on the length. Please plan 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.
Our Staff Speak the Following Languages
Patricia W. Marvin
(812) 330-7731 ext. 51445
(812) 330-7731 ext. 53123
(812) 330-7700 ext. 51802
(812) 330-7700 ext. 50231
Over-the-Phone Interpreting Service (Propio)
School staff can connect with qualified interpreters in more than 200 languages over the phone quickly when the service is needed. Authorized personnel is familiar with how to access the service.
Note: Any school staff may use the service; however, only authorized personnel should access the Propio client ID for using the over-the-phone interpreting service.