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Staff FAQ

How do I request an interpreter?

The only way to request a SELPA interpreter is through our 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 elegible 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. Only if they are not available should you submit a new request form. 

Do we have mixteco interpreters?

SELPA coordinates with our District's Language Support Liasons for mixteco requests. Because their job requires them to assist students during school hours, their availability for meetings is limited to: M, T, Th, F after 3:15. Wed. after 1:30. 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.