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The Translation and Interpretation Unit (TIU) acts as the essential bridge of communication between English Learning (EL) families and the San Francisco Unified School District. We are committed to providing quality and professional translation (written) and interpretation (oral) services to families so that they can become an active agent of their children’s education.

To engage families in conversations with the district and ensure their voices are heard, the team facilitates communication for families at both the school-site and district level, including at the Bilingual Community Council (BCC), District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC), Board of Education meetings, School Site Councils (SSC) and various parent workshops.

Translation and interpretation services are a part of federal and state requirements that mandate each school district in California to provide services and access to foster meaningful parent involvement. These requirements include the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), and the California Department of Education and the 2006 law AB 680 (D-Chan). They require the California Department of Education to notify school sites and their districts of their obligation to comply with the 15% threshold and to monitor adherence to the mandate through the Categorical Program Monitoring (CPM) process.

If you are a parent or guardian of SFUSD students, please complete one of the following request forms and return it to your school administrator.

Due to high volume of requests and limited staff capacity, we ask that you give us two-week advance notice for translation and interpretation needs. In emergency situations, we will honor last minute requests and we ask that you notify us immediately regarding urgent needs.

Primary Language Assistance Request Form for Central Office Meetings

Primary Language Assistance Request Form for School Site Meetings

If you are dissatisfied with our translation or interpretation services, please let us know by completing one of the following complaint forms and returning it to your school administrator.


  1. English
  2. Chinese: 中文
  3. Spanish: Español
  4. Arabic: عربي
  5. Japanese: 日本語
  6. Khmer: ភាសាខ្មែរ
  7. Korean: 한국어
  8. Russian: pусский
  9. Samoan: Gagana Samoa
  10. Tagalog: Tagalog
  11. Vietnamese: tiếng Việt

The TIU also provides translated documents in different languages on the website for public access.

If you are a SFUSD employee and need translation or interpretation services for the English Learning families at your school site, please complete the request form.

Contact Us

Lehmann Sio, TIU supervisor,
Vicki Fung, TIU secretary,