Translation and Interpretation Services for Families

What language access resources are available to English Learning families in SFUSD?

To bridge communication of essential information between English Learning (EL) families and the San Francisco Unified School District,  SFUSD is 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. 

If you are a parent/guardian of a SFUSD student and would like to request translation (written) and/or interpretation (oral) services from us, please review the following FAQs and complete the appropriate forms in your home language. 

If you are a SFUSD employee and need translation or interpretation services for the English Learning families at your school site, please complete one of these forms (employee login required).


Frequently Asked Questions

What is essential information?

Essential information includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Information about special education matters

  2. Report cards and other academic progress reports

  3. Information about discipline and the disciplinary process

  4. Requests for parent/guardian permission for student participation in district/school-sponsored programs and activities

  5. Promotional materials and announcements distributed to students that contain information about school and district activities for which notice is needed to participate in such activities (e.g., testing, extracurriculars, activities requiring an application, parent-teacher conferences, open houses)

  6. Parent/guardian handbooks

  7. Documents concerning enrollment or registration

  8. Documents concerning academic options and planning

  9. Documents concerning screening procedures requesting a student’s language background, a parent/guardian’s preferred language of communication, and the process for refusing all or only specific EL services

  10. Information related to public health and safety

  11. Any written information describing the rights and responsibilities of parents/guardians or students and the benefits and services available to parents/guardians and students.

What languages are available through this service?

SFUSD provides translation services in Arabic, Chinese, Filipino, Samoan Spanish, and Vietnamese (plus English), and families can request interpretation services for school-wide events if 15% or more of the student population in the school share a common language.

(SFUSD Families Only) Submitting a Translation or Interpretation Request

If you are a parent/guardian of a SFUSD student and would like to request translation (written) and/or interpretation (oral) services from us, please complete the following forms in your home language. Due to high volume of requests and limited staff capacity, we ask that you let us know your needs as early as possible. We may contact you and/or school site to verify the information you provide.

Interpretation Request Forms

To request interpretation (oral) service for SFUSD school site or district wide meetings, such as ELAC, SST, family workshops, IEP meetings:

Note that the meetings must be organized by SFUSD, hosted/facilitated by SFUSD employees.