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Guidance and Protections for English Learners

Updated: Apr 19, 2021

First, Federal Law requires that: "[s]chools must communicate information to limited English proficient parents in a language they can understand about any program, service, or activity that is called to the attention of parents who are proficient in English."


If your child is English proficient and you are not, schools are still required to communicate information to you in a language you can understand - and as close to your dialect as possible.


If you require translation/interpretation services, DESE instructs that you contact your school districts. If your school does not provide you with the translated/interpreted information you requested and that you require, contact DESE directly for recourse.


Second, schools are also legally required to provide English learners with the necessary access to instruction during remote learning that an English learner would require for age and grade level curriculum. Students who require more support must receive it.


Third, schools are required to provide FAPE to "English Learners with Disabilities" and will therefore continue to provide special education and related services along with the necessary English language development services. See here for Letter to Families

from DESE, also provided in multiple languages.




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