Language Access – Interpretation and Translation Services
We can help you in your language! Please let us know if you need an interpreter or a document translated into your language — at no cost to you.
Scroll down for printable versions of our language access notification, language line phone numbers, resources for families, tips for parents/families, your rights, and how to resolve any language access concerns or complaints.
Download Printable Versions of This Language Access Notification
Language Access Resources for Families
Parents have a right to receive important information from schools in a language they can understand. Bellevue School District must provide interpretation and/or translation services, when needed, to communicate with parents who have limited English (including parents with limited speaking, listening, reading or writing fluency in English).
More information on Language Access Rights can be found at the following links:
You can receive a copy of the district’s language access policy and procedure in any school or district office. You can also read them online here:
Tips for Parents/Families
If you need interpretation or translation to understand information from your child’s school or to communicate with your child’s school:
- Ask for an interpreter at the school’s front desk, or ask if the staff person can get an interpreter on the telephone using LanguageLine Solutions.
- Call the school’s main phone number and ask for an interpreter.
- Send a short email (in English or in your own language) asking for someone to call you, with an interpreter, to plan a meeting or talk about a question or concern.
Example email to request an interpreter:
Dear Teacher (or Principal, Counselor, Nurse): My name is ____ I am the parent of ____. I want to talk with you about my child. Can you please call me with an interpreter? My phone number is: ____. Thank you.
- If you receive a written notice, an email, or other document in English and you do not understand it, ask the person who sent it for a translation into your language.
- If the person cannot provide a full written translation in time, ask to meet with a school staff person and an interpreter to have the document orally translated, with enough time for you to take notes.
If you have questions, or need help getting interpretation or translation, contact:
- Your child’s Principal.
- The Bellevue School District Language Access Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
These Are Your Rights!
Under state and federal civil rights laws, you have the right to access information in your language. Please know that the school may not retaliate against you or your child for sharing concerns or filing a complaint.
Concerns and Complaints
If you have concerns about the school’s interpretation or translation services—or if you were not offered an interpreter or translation you needed—you have several options.
Talk with your principal or a school employee you are comfortable with. A discussion with your school principal is often the best first step to address your concerns. Explain what happened, and let the principal know what they can do to help resolve the problem.
Talk with your school district. You can also contact the Bellevue School District’s Civil Rights Compliance officer Nancy Pham at (425) 456-4040 or email@example.com to share your concerns.
Ask for help resolving your concerns. You can also contact these agencies for more information about your rights or for assistance to resolve your concerns.
You can file a complaint. To file a complaint, explain what happened in writing—in any language—and send it to the district by mail, email, or hand delivery. Make sure to keep a copy for your records. Within 30 calendar days, the district will investigate your complaint and respond to you in writing. Learn more about your complaint options.
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