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Interpretation Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request an interpreter?

The only way to request a SELPA interpreter is through the online request form. Do not contact Stella at the main office and do not contact the interpreter directly (unless you are canceling/rescheduling - see below). If you would like to request a specific interpreter, please include that in the comments section of the request.

Once your form is submitted, you will receive confirmation of your request via email. After an interpreter is assigned, you will receive an additional email providing you with the information of the interpreter assigned to your meeting. This could take up to two business days. Please save your interpreter's information.

We recommend requesting your interpreter as soon as you confirm the meeting. An earlier request increases your chances of booking an interpreter. Even with six interpreters, sometimes there is no one available for the date/time you requested. When this happens, we will inform you so that you may coordinate your next steps. 

Can I use an Instructional Assistant or Behavior Tech from my site? 

If an IA or BT receives a bilingual stipend, then they are eligible for interpreting at annual meetings and addendum/amendment meetings only. All other meetings should be submitted for a SELPA interpreter. 

What if I need to cancel or reschedule the meeting?

Contact the interpreter assigned to your meeting directly. If you are rescheduling and they are available, they can confirm with you at that time. If they are not available, please submit a new request form. 

Do we have mixteco interpreters?

SELPA coordinates with a District's Language Support Liaison for mixteco requests. Because their primary job requires them to assist students during school hours, their availability for meetings is limited to after 3pm except on Wednesdays when availability is after 11:30am. We recommend you send in your request with ample time in advance.

 

Please contact the SELPA office if you have any other questions about interpreting services. Thank you!