Public Information RequestsThe Communications Department handles all public information requests for the district. All requests for public information are handled in accordance with the Texas Public Information Act, Texas Government Code §552.001. Requests for public information should be submitted in writing by fax, e-mail, U.S. mail, or in person. This procedure allows the Communications Department to accurately document the date each request is received and respond in writing within the required 10 business day time period. Requests must ask for records or information already in existence. The TPIA does not require the district to create new information.NOTICE: Effective January 1, 2017, EMS ISD will begin charging for all copies and costs incurred in responding to requests under the Texas Public Information Act in accordance with Subchapter F of Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code and Rules of the Texas Attorney General. In addition to exceptions noted in law, local exceptions may be made for general requests for student or faculty directories that do not require additional programming or manipulation of data.Documents which are deemed public information will be made available for review and/or retrieval. For persons requesting copies of the information, the district charges $.10 per copy. Labor costs for processing a request are billed at $15 an hour and programming fees are $28.50 an hour, per Attorney General Rules. For requests involving copies and labor/programming fees in excess of $40, the district will send an itemized statement and ask for a response in writing, verifying that the requestor accepts the estimate. For detailed information about the Texas Public Information Act, please visit the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) website.NOTICE: As of December 11, 2017, EMS ISD no longer releases student directory information to third-party requestors not identified in Board policy or required by law. During the December Board meeting, the EMS ISD Board of Trustees approved policy revisions that included limiting the disclosure of directory information to specific third-party requesters that are 501(c)(3) organizations. These include:
- PTAs and PTOs supporting EMS ISD campuses and the district;
- Booster clubs supporting EMS ISD teams and organizations;
- Groups supporting the district’s academic programs (such as gifted and talented education, dyslexia/reading services, and Special Education services); and,
- The Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Education Foundation.
We do offer a service for email distribution of flyers to parents. Please visit our flyers page for more information.All Open Records requests should be referred to the Communications Department immediately upon receipt.To submit an open records request please send to:EMS ISD Communications Department1200 Old Decatur RoadFort Worth, Texas 76179or contact:Megan OvermanDirector of Communications817.232.0880 x2704Student Record RequestsStudent record requests fall under the guidelines set forth by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Requests for a transcript or other student records should be directed to the current or last EMS ISD campus your student attended.