Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Limited English Proficient (LEP) Parents and Guardians

  • Must my child’s school provide information to me in a language I can understand?

  • Must a school provide language assistance if I request it even if my child is proficient in English and I am somewhat proficient in English?

  • May my child’s school ask my child, other students, or untrained school staff to translate or interpret for me?

  • What information should I expect from the school if my child is an English learner?

  • What type of processes can school districts use to identify limited English proficient parents?

  • What steps must school districts take to provide effective language assistance to LEP parents?

  • What can I do if I have questions, want additional information, or believe a school is not complying with these requirements?

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Limited English Proficient (LEP) Individuals

  • Who is a Limited English Proficient (LEP) individual?

  • What are the relevant laws concerning language access for LEP individuals?

  • What is Executive Order 13166?

  • What is a recipient of federal financial assistance?

  • What is a federally conducted activity?

  • Who will enforce the LEP rules?

  • What are recipients of federal funds and federal agencies required to do to meet LEP requirements?

  • Do recipients of federal funds have to submit written language access plans to the Department of Justice or to their federal funding agency each year?

  • When developing plans and guidance regarding translation of documents, how do we determine which documents must be translated?

  • What do recipients of federal financial assistance do if they are operating in a state or locality that has an English-only or official English law that requires the use of English in communications?

  • What is the difference between a bilingual staff person and an interpreter or translator?

  • What impact does Title VI have on court interpretation?

  • What are the pros and cons of giving non-bilingual police officers cards with pictures and bilingual descriptors to help get a description of a fleeing suspect from witnesses and suspects on the scene?