Classroom Interpreting

Classroom Interpreters - Professional Conduct Guidelines

Rules, Regulations and Legal Issues

All Professionals in Educational Settings Follow Rules and Regulations that Guide Behavior

All school communities have rules and policies that govern the behavior of school staff. Educational interpreters should understand and follow all school policies.

Policies and procedures established by national organizations, such as the Registry for Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), do not supersede school district requirements.

An educational interpreter’s annual evaluation should include information about how well she/he follows school procedures.

Legal Situations and Educational Interpreters

There are times when a student who is deaf or hard of hearing requires interpreting related to law enforcement or legal situations. Interpreters who are qualified to interpret in a legal situation should be brought in to provide interpreting. The educational interpreter who is familiar with the student’s language abilities may be asked to team interpret, i.e., provide language support to the primary interpreter who has legal interpreting qualifications but has minimal or no prior interpreting experience with this particular student’s communication style or needs.

In some states, there are legal definitions of who is qualified to interpret in a legal setting and schools must follow those. The national organization of interpreters for adult consumers, RID, has specialized certification for interpreters who work in legal settings.

In absence of rules, schools should understand:

Retaining a Legally Qualified Educational Interpreter

There are specific situations where a legally qualified interpreter should be employed. These include:

Situations When a Legally Qualified Educational Interpreter May Interpret

There are specific situations where a qualified educational interpreter may interpret. These situations include: