1600 Mustang Rock Road | Fort Worth, TX 76179 | Phone: 817-232-0880 | Fax:817-744-8911Our MissionIn collaboration with students, families, and stakeholders, we provide barrier-free access to individualized instruction and interventions to maximize student potential and meaningful participation in the community.
Heather L. Hughes, Ph.D.Executive Director of Special Programs817.232.0880 x 2620
District contact for Special Education Referrals:Please contact the Special Programs Department at 817-232-0880 regarding options for a student experiencing learning difficulties or regarding a referral for evaluation for special education services.District contact for Section 504 Referrals:Please contact Allena Waters, 817-232-0880 ext. 2631 AWaters@ems-isd.net regarding options for a student experiencing learning difficulties or regarding a referral for evaluation for Section 504 services.Contact for Records request:Please contact Jessica Campos, 817-23-0880 ext. 2622 firstname.lastname@example.org regarding Special Education records.In accordance with state guidelines and federal regulation 34 CFR § 300.624, the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District archives and stores Special Education records for students withdrawn, dismissed, or graduated for five years after cessation of services. These records are then destroyed, as they are no longer needed to provide educational services. If you have any questions about this process or about student-specific records, you may contact the EMS ISD Special Programs Department at 817-232-0880.
Senate Bill 139 Notice
In 2019, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 139 (SB 139), which requires all Texas schools to distribute the notice, "Updates in Special Education" (attached for your review). This notice is for informational purposes only. It does not mean that EMS ISD suspects your child is in need of receiving special education services, nor does it mean anything will change for students currently receiving services. If you have any questions or concerns, or suspect your child may be in need of special education services, please call (817) 232-0880 and the department will be happy to assist you.
Additional Information and links:
The Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) provides resources and interactive features for increasing family awareness of disabilities and special education processes, with the goal of improving partnerships between schools and families.
The following websites provide information and resources for students with disabilities and their families.
- Student Handbook Statement: English / Texas Education Agency
- Student Handbook Statement: Spanish / Texas Education Agency
- Texas Transition and Employment Guide (English/Spanish)
- IDEA, Dyslexia, MTSS, Section 504 Resources /TEA - Provides families with information regarding IDEA, Dyslexia, MTSS, and Section 504
- TEA-Compensatory Services - English
- TEA - Compensatory Services - Spanish
- Notice of Procedural Safeguards (multiple Languages available)
- Parent's Guide to the ARD Process (multiple Languages available)
- Special Education Rules and Regulations (English)