Adelphi, Maryland 20783
The OIT provides interpreters for approved school activities to ensure that parents/guardians who are not primary speakers of English, or who are deaf or hard of hearing can fully participate in their children’s education. Interpreters can assist with parent/teacher conferences, PTA meetings, parent workshops, back-to-school nights, administrative conferences, SIT/SST meetings, special education assessments, IEP meetings, home visits, suspension conferences, expulsion hearings and other meetings or school events.
Interpreters work on an on-call basis and a minimum of 72 business hours is needed to fill most requests; some lower-incidence languages may require more time to arrange.
Each school/office has designated staff members who can submit requests online using the Fluency Scheduling Platform.
Parents may ask the school to submit a request for a scheduled meeting/event, or may request an interpreter by contacting the OIT.
CTS Language Linkis authorized for interpreting services by phone in the event of immediate on-site communicative encounters with parents/guardians and for outbound calls to parents/guardians who are not primary speakers of English. This service is available for staff to communicate with parents in over 250 languages. Please contact the OIT for school/office code details.
The OIT facilitates document translation of systemic and school-wide documents for parent communication. Translation services are fully available in Spanish and French.