This fall, Tulsa Public Schools launched a Spanish language parent support line to serve and assist the district’s non-English-speaking parents and families. By calling 1-844-490-0120, families can speak with an interpreter to help navigate automated menus and access specific departments, services, schools, or individuals that the parent needs to contact.
“This support line provides a reliable and easily accessible tool to help build and sustain strong family relationships,” said Laura Grisso, Executive Director of Language and Cultural Services.
More than 37 percent of Tulsa Public Schools students speak a language other than English in the home. The district’s students come from more than 65 countries and speak and write in more than 70 different languages and dialects.
In addition to the district’s Spanish language parent support line, Tulsa Public Schools also provides phone-based language interpretation services for teachers, school leaders, and support professionals to connect with parents and families. Since September 2019, the district has seen an increase in calls by 840 percent.
Grisso said: “Over the course of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we have seen an exponential increase in the use of this service for school and family communications as well as district and family communications. We anticipate that with current COVID-19 conditions and the needs of our parent community, both our Spanish language parent support line and phone-based interpretation services will continue to expand.”
Families can call the Spanish language parent support line at 1-844-490-0120 to connect with an interpreter. For more information, visit www.tulsaschools.org/languageassist.