Interpretations are available on a first-come, first-served basis, in person or over the phone, and are available for public school-related events, parent meetings, student conferences, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and other events. Interpretation services (oral, in person or by phone) are offered for free to parents and families, and must be requested by a DPS employee here (Note: A DPS username and password are required. Most services are free to schools and departments, however some fees may apply and are quoted in advance.)
Interpretation services are provided at no cost for a maximum of two hours for the first interpreter of each language. Additional time is invoiced directly to schools or departments. In some cases, schools or departments will incur interpretation costs. Costs will vary depending on request lead-time, busy periods—parent/teacher conference time may be difficult to schedule and more costly—language, and number of hours. Schedulers will make every attempt to send the most cost effective interpreter.
- Spanish: $38 to $50.00 per hour (1.5 hour minimum)
- Other languages: $45 to $90.00 per hour (2 hour minimum)
Please note: If you need written materials translated for your interpreted event, please review our information on submitting a translation request. Please note that turnaround times are estimates and translation could take longer than expected depending on the translation team's current workload.
More Information on Interpretation Services
Review our guidelines for submitting an interpretation request, and our tips for what you should do before and during your meeting.
Interpretation for Special Education meetings, including Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Section 504 meetings, is available in any language and is serviced by the Multicultural Services Office, regardless of the type of meeting.