Office of English Language Learners

Translation & Interpretation

What We Do

  • The Translation & Interpretation Unit’s mission is to ensure families have meaningful access to all aspects, programs, opportunities and services pertaining to their children’s education by providing a multitude of language services via internal and external resources to safeguard communications.

    The Translation & Interpretation Unit manages language access for the District. A large portion of this work entails coordinating translation and interpretation services to facilitate communication with parents/guardians whose primary language is not English. Please read our BPS memorandum, “BPS Office of English Learners Translation & Interpretation Services Protocol”, for additional information. We currently translate in the 9 major languages of the District (other languages available upon request):

    Spanish | Chinese | Haitian Creole | Cape Verdean Creole | Vietnamese | Portuguese | French | Arabic | Somali

Requesting Services

  • Parents/Guardians: If you need translation and interpretation services, contact the main office of your child/children(s) school. If your preferred language of communication is other than English, the District/School must provide you “Essential Information” in the language you specify. Page three of the BPS memorandum provides examples of “Essential Information” requiring translation & interpretation. In addition, please review the DOJ Fact Sheet that clarifies your language access rights.

    Boston Public School Employees: Please request translation and interpretation services through our Veoci Request portal. Each school and office has its assigned set of requesters: Principal/Headmaster, his/her designee (optional, must notify T&I Unit via email), the COSE and the COSE’s secretary. Note that any language access work performed outside of the District’s established T&I protocol will be at the requesting party’s expense.

     

    Click on the service below to learn more! 

    LINK FOR TRANSLATIONS

    LINK FOR INTERPRETATION

    LINK FOR TELEPHONIC (LIONBRIDGE)

    LINK TO TALKINGPOINTS

     


     

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