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Translation and Interpretation

Translation and Interpretation Guidelines

Seattle Public Schools honors and values the participation of parents/ guardians who are speakers of diverse languages in the education of their child. Therefore, we are committed to supporting families with translation and interpretation services. In October 2017 Seattle School Board approved Policy No. 4218 Speakers of Diverse Languages with the following goals in mind:

  • To ensure the rights of parents/guardians to access information about the education of their child in a language that they can understand.
  • To provide accurate and timely translations.
  • To provide qualified and trained interpreters in the top nine languages.
  • To maintain a central site for translation and interpretation resources for all schools, families and staff.

The Department of English Learners (EL) & International Programs provides translation and interpretation services to all families in Seattle Public Schools in our top languages: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Tigrigna and Vietnamese. For other languages, the district contracts with Linguistica to provide “over the phone” interpretation.

Families should contact their student’s school for interpretation supports.

ASL interpretation is available with the 504 Coordinator. Please email:

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