Translation Services

  • The HISD Translation Services Department provides translation services in Spanish, to help district campuses and departments support the languages most commonly spoken by students attending HISD schools and their families.

    Please note that translation involves written communication.

    Translation Services may also provide interpretation services in Spanish, for specific district presentations, contingent on staff and equipment availability.

    Interpretation involves spoken communication.

    To meet translation and interpretation needs that exceed the district’s in-house capacity, HISD works with external translation and interpretation services and equipment providers that may be contacted directly by campuses and administration departments to secure the necessary resources.

     To request assistance with your language needs, please contact the following departments:

    • Translation Services (written translations):
    • Special Education (Interpretation & translation for Special Needs Students (i.e. ARD meetings):  (713) 556-7025
    • Multilingual Programs (assistance for immigrants, migrants, refugees, and newcomers): (713) 556-6961 
    • ASL interpreters (interpretation for the Deaf and hard of hearing):

    Helpful information when requesting a translation: 

    Please keep in mind that the Translation Department receives translation requests on an ongoing basis from multiple sources. Certain requests are of an urgent nature, while others are prioritized based on content and need and are placed in the Department’s job queue. We strive to meet everyone’s needs to our greatest ability. 

    • Documents provided should be final documents only. We do not translate drafts. Time constraints do not allow for ongoing revisions and/or multiple updates of a document that is being translated.
    • Documents provided should be in Microsoft Word; other types of files may not be accepted or result in delays.
    • When submitting a revised document that has previously been translated, please use the tracked changes feature, which is the only way to ensure that every single change made to the document will be completed at the end.
    • Please note that we do not translate copyrighted materials unless the proper permissions have been obtained.
    • Please note that we do not translate third-party documents.

    Our department translates:

    • School and district forms that parents need to complete, read, and respond to;
    • Important school and district letters, newsletters,
      announcements, etc.;
    • School and district parent and student handbooks; and
    • Any other type of document that district or school personnel consider essential and vital for parents.