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    1600 Mustang Rock Road | Fort Worth, TX 76179 | Phone: 817-232-0880 | Fax:817-744-8911
    Our Mission
    In 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 Hughes
     Heather L. Hughes, Ph.D.
    Executive Director of Special Programs
    817.232.0880 x 2620
  • District contact for Special Education Referrals:
    Please contact the Special Programs Department at 817-232-0880, ext. 2624 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 Cori Eells, 817-232-0880 ext. 2625 ceells@ems-isd.net 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the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District archives and stores Special Education records for students withdrawn, dismissed, or graduated for five years after cessation of services.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 ˾ Special Programs Department at 817-232-0880, ext. 2625 for assistance.

  • 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" review).  This notice is for informational purposes only.  It does not mean that EMS ˾ 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 ext. 2624 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.

    Contact information:

    Phone: 1-855-773-3839

    Email: inquire@spedtex.org

    Live Chat: 


    The following websites provide information and resources for students with disabilities and their families.

    • - Provides families with information regarding IDEA, Dyslexia, MTSS, and Section 504 
    •  - English
    •  - Spanish