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    Office of Interpreting & Translation (OIT)

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    The mission of the Office of Interpreting and Translation (OIT) is to bridge communication for families through the provision of language access resources, facilitating professional and efficient written translation and oral interpreting services. Central to the mission of the OIT is to support schools and offices with language-specific communication, such that families may have equitable opportunities for engagement

     

     

     INTERPRETING SERVICES 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.

     

    SUPPORTED LANGUAGES

    Amharic

    Haitian Creole

    Pashto

    American Sign Language

    Hindi

    Punjabi

    Arabic

    K’iche’

    Spanish

    Chinese/Mandarin

    Kaqchikel

    Tigrinya

    Dari

    Mam

    Urdu

    Farsi

    Masalit

    Vietnamese

    French

    Nepali

    Yoruba

     

    HOW TO REQUEST AN INTERPRETER

    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.

    STAFF REQUESTS Each school/office has designated staff members who can submit requests online using the Fluency Scheduling Platform.

     

    PARENT/GUARDIAN REQUESTS Parents may ask the school to submit a request for a scheduled meeting/event, or may request an interpreter by contacting the OIT.

     

     

     TRANSLATION SERVICES

    The OIT facilitates document translation of systemic and school-wide documents for parent communication. Translation services are fully available in Spanish and French.

     

     

     TELEPHONIC INTERPRETING SERVICES

    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.

     

     

    Contact Information

    Dr. Jennifer Love, Supervisor of Language Access & Engagement
    Sandra Acevedo, Coordinator of Interpreting Services
    Juan Lizama, Coordinator of Translation Services
    Office: 301-408-5511
    Interpreting Inquiries: interpreter@pgcps.org
    Translation Inquiries: translations@pgcps.org