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I have trouble communicating with the school. What if I do not understand English very well?

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute & Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts
Reviewed April, 2022

If English is not your primary language

The school must communicate with you in your primary language. 

This includes:

  • every letter,
  • phone call,
  • meeting and
  • conversation. 

The school should give you with all written documents in English and in your primary language.

They must use an interpreter if needed.  The interpreter should be:

  • fluent in English and
  • your primary language and
  • have training in the role of an interpreter,

special education terms, and confidentiality.

If you cannot read or you are blind or deaf, the school must give you all the information you need in a way you understand.

Tell the school know the best way to contact you - phone calls, texts, or emails


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