Hamshire-Fannett provides special education services for students who reside within the boundaries of the school district.  

    Special education is a child-centered program added to the regular school program to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

    The purpose of IDEA, federal special education law, is to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for employment, further education and independent living.

    Our mission is to provide our parents, students, and staff with information about the special education program, as well as providing updated information on State and Federal Guidelines. 

    We invite you to email any suggestions or questions to Stephen Edwards at sedwards@hfhorns.net or contact our office at (409) 222-6101.

    Please see below for more information.



    Texas Transition and Employment Guide


    To receive special education services, students with disabilities must be at least three years old but under twenty-two years old. Hearing impaired and visually impaired students may receive these services from birth and as long as they have not reached they twenty-second birthday by September 1 of the year of enrollment.

    In order for a child to qualify for special education services, they must be found to have one of the 13 categories of special education and it must adversely affect their educational performance. 

    • Autism  
    • Blindness  
    • Deafness  
    • Emotional Disturbance  
    • Hearing Impairment  
    • Intellectually Challenged 
    • Multiple Disabilities 
    • Orthopedic Impairment  
    • Other Health Impaired  
    • Specific Learning Disability  
    • Speech or Language Impairment  
    • Traumatic Brain Injury   
    • Visual Impairment

    Students who are eligible for special education and related services are provided these services as determined by the Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee and detailed in the Individual Education Plan (IEP).  

    Resource Links for Parents

    Legal Framework

    Notice of Procedural Safeguards - February 2021 - English

    Aviso Sobre Procedimientos de Proteccion - Febrero 2021 - Spanish

    Parent's Guide to the ARD Process - February 2021 – ​English

    Guía Para Padres – Febrero 2021 – Spanish
    Special Education Rules and Regulations-December 2017
    Special Education Information Center – Parent Resources


    SPED Student Success Initiative Notification (HB 657 requirement)

    Letter sent home with 5th and 8th grade Special education students on Sept. 30th, 2020