Parental Rights Notice
County Public Schools
C/O English Manor
4511 Bestor Drive
Video Phone: 301-637-2958
the Provision of Sign Language Interpreters for Parents
The Office of Interpreting Services will provide a
qualified sign language interpreter when necessary to allow deaf parents an
equal opportunity to participate in and enjoy the benefits of a service,
program, or activity conducted by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).
The interpreter will be provided at no cost
to the parents.
A qualified sign language interpreter is an
interpreter who is able to interpret effectively, accurately, and impartially,
both receptively and expressively, using any necessary specialized vocabulary.
II. Requesting a Sign Language Interpreter from
Parents seeking a sign language interpreter should
contact the Office of Interpreting Services, 240-740-1800 voice or 301-637-2958
VP to arrange for an interpreter. Requests also may be submitted by email to:
Requests for an interpreter are to be submitted at
least two weeks prior to the date the interpreter is needed. However, if a
request for an interpreter is not submitted within this time frame, effort will
still be made to honor the request.
If a parent needs to cancel a request for an
interpreter, the parents should notify the Office of Interpreting Services at
least 48 hours prior to the date that the interpreter was to be provided.
Upon receiving a request for a sign language
interpreter, the Office of Interpreting Services will determine whether a staff
interpreter is available to fulfill the request. If a staff interpreter is not available, the
Office of Interpreting Services will seek to contract with a private contract
interpreter or with an interpreting agency.
III. Sign Language Interpreters
Obtained by Parents (Personal Interpreters)
A parent may elect to utilize a privately obtained
personal interpreter rather than an interpreter supplied by the Office of
Interpreting Services. If the parent
chooses to utilize a personal interpreter, the Office of Interpreting Services
will contact the parent and the personal interpreter to determine whether the
parent and personal interpreter are confident that the personal interpreter is
sufficiently skilled to provide an adequate, accurate, and impartial
interpretation of the meeting. MCPS will
not fund the services of a personal interpreter unless it has agreed to do so
in advance of the meeting and with the approval of the Office of Interpreting
All concerns regarding the qualifications of
interpreters (MCPS supplied interpreters or personal interpreters) should
immediately be brought to the attention of the coordinator of interpreting
services in the Office of Interpreting Services.
B. Interpreters Provided by MCPS
If a parent
is not confident that the sign language interpreter supplied by MCPS is
providing an adequate, accurate, or impartial interpretation of a meeting, the
parent may request that the interpreter not continue interpreting for that
In the event, MCPS may either arrange for another
interpreter or the parent may elect to provide a personal interpreter, subject
to the provisions of Section III of these procedures.
Interpreters Provided by Parents
If a participant in a meeting is not confident that
the personal sign language interpreter supplied by the parent is providing an
adequate, accurate, or impartial interpretation of a meeting, the personal
interpreter will be informed that she/he may not continue interpreting for the
In the event, the parent will be provided an
opportunity to locate another personal interpreter, or use the services of an
interpreter provided through the Office of Interpreting Services. If the parent is
unable to locate another
personal interpreter within a reasonable time and MCPS has legitimate concerns
regarding the timeliness or importance of the meeting, MCPS may supply an
interpreter for the meeting.
If, for a subsequent meeting, a parent seeks to
utilize a personal interpreter previously deemed unqualified for a prior
meeting, MCPS will consider weather the objections to the personal interpreter
at the prior meeting are applicable to the subsequent meeting. For example, it may be determined that a
particular personal interpreter is not qualified to interpret at an IEP team
meeting, but is qualified to provide interpreting services during a field trip.
IV. Resolving Concerns Regarding Interpreting
If a parent expresses a concern regarding the
qualifications of a sign language interpreter provided through the Office of
Interpreting Services, the parent should be referred to the coordinator of The
Office of Interpreting Services. The
coordinator of The Office of Interpreting Services will seek to achieve an
informal resolution of the parent's concerns.
If the parent's concerns cannot be resolved
informally, the parent is to be advised that pursuant to MCPS Regulation ACG-RA;
Reasonable Modification for Individuals
with Disabilities with Regard to Services, Programs, and Activities, the
parent may seek a formal resolution of the concerns by completing MCPS Form
270-8, Complaint From The Public, and
will be notified where and with whom the form is to be filed.
V. Notification of Procedures
Commencing with the start of the 2003-2004 school
year, the Office of Interpreting Services will send a copy of these procedures
(one time) to each parent who requests interpreting services from the Office of
Interpreting Services. A copy of these
procedures also shall be made available to parents at the Office of