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The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VI, Language Minority Compliance Procedures, requires school districts and charter
schools to determine the language(s) spoken in each student’s home in order to identify their specific language needs.
This information is essential in order for schools to provide meaningful instruction for all students as outlined Plyler v.
Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982).
The purpose of this survey is to determine the primary or home language of the student. The HLS must be given to all
students enrolled in the school district / charter school. The HLS is administered one time, upon initial enrollment in
South Carolina, and remains in the student’s permanent record.