Welcome to Irwin County Middle School!
Virtual Return to School
As long as our staff numbers continue to go down and not spike, our plan is to start back with virtual instruction on January 19th. More information will be released early next week.
CONTACTING OVER THE BREAK
If your student tests positive for COVID-19 or is identified as a close contact of a positive case over the holiday break, please email our Director of Student Services Coordinator, Kerry Billingsley at .
Please include the following information in your email:
- Student's full name
- Birth date
- Date when symptoms began (if there are symptoms)
- Date that the test was collected/last date of exposure to a positive case
Any other information that you think might be pertinent. This will be incredibly helpful as we plan for the next semester.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping us keep our Irwin County students, staff, and families safe during this time of uncertainty.
In consultation with our local pediatrician, Dr. Conner, Irwin County Schools have decided to require all students and staff to wear some type of facial covering. For students who have medical issues and if parents feel their child needs something different other than a mask, please contact your child’s principal. Thank you and stay safe!
Parent(s)/guardian(s) who are enrolling student(s) at Irwin County Middle School must complete a Student Enrollment Packet. The Student Enrollment Packet must be completed in its entirety in order to enroll your student(s) in Irwin County Middle School. This packet may be obtained at the Middle School Counseling Center or Board of Education office or you may download a packet via the link at the right side of the page.
Completed enrollment packets should be turned it at the ICMS Front Office. Once the enrollment packet is received, student records will be requested from the transferring school. A student will be enrolled at ICMS when all required enrollment documentation has been received and reviewed. The parent(s)/guardian(s) will be contacted by Kim R. Bryant, ICMS School Counselor, to provide additional school information and to schedule a start date.
To help ensure a smooth transition to ICMS, the school counselor is available to meet with parent(s)/guardian(s) and new students during the following times and if necessary, by appointment:
|Monday|| 8:30 - 9:30 am
1:30 - 2:30 pm
|Wednesday|| 8:30 - 9:30 am
1:30 - 2:30 pm
|Friday||8:30 - 9:30 am|
Additional documents needed to enroll students into Irwin County Middle School:
- Birth Certificate (or other proof of age)
- Parents registering new students for school can now order Georgia birth certificates online directly from the State of Georgia. The Georgia Technology Authority partnering with the Georgia Department of Public Health provides Request Official Vital Event Records (ROVER), making it convenient to order certificates directly from the State of Georgia.
- Proof of Residency in parent/guardian’s name, which may include
- Current home utility bills (gas, electric, water, sanitation, cable, or land line telephone bill)
- Current property tax statement or deed/valid residential lease or rental agreement
- Current home purchase agreement.
- For those parents living with someone, a third-person affidavit of residency (notarized affidavit shall be completed and signed by parent, guardian or other person, as well as the legal owner or lessor of the property where the student and the parent, guardian, or other person reside). Residency Affidavits may be obtained at the Central Office located at 210 Apple Street, Ocilla, GA.
- Custody/Guardianship documentation, if applicable
- Georgia Certificate of Immunization, Form 3231(available from a doctor or the Health Department)
- Georgia Eye, Ear, and Dental Certificate, Form 3300 (available from a doctor or the Health Department)
- Copy of Student’s Social Security Card (or signed waiver in accordance with O.C.G.A 20-2-150). The lack of or objection to providing a social security number will not prevent a student from being enrolled. Students will not be denied enrollment due to lack of a social security number.
- Any restraining orders or other legal documents specifically limiting the access of any individual to the student(s) being enrolled.
- Proof of health insurance/Medicaid.
- Records from previous school, including Special Education Records (IEP/SST/504/Gifted). The ICMS Counseling Center will request previous school records, but will not enroll the student until ALL the documentation has been received.
Irwin County Middle School - A Title I Schoolwide School
Education is a process whereby parents and teachers must work together if maximum growth is to occur. Open communication must be achieved and maintained. The faculty and staff understand the importance of open communication, and encourage parents to be actively involved with their child. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or come by the school. We at ICMS take pride in our students and wish them the best in all their endeavors.
- Grades 6 – 8
- ICMS has a student body of approximately 400 students with a faculty and staff of 65, one principal, two assistant principals, and a curriculum director. The high school guidance department also serves the middle school students.
- Staff planning focuses on technology and the implementation of current educational standards.
- A balanced academic and vocational curriculum affords excellent programs of study for all students.
- In addition to the rigorous state curriculum, all students receive additional academic instruction daily through the Enrichment/Extended Learning block.
- The school occupies a facility that is completely equipped with technology and appropriate software.
NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY FOR IRWIN COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM
Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, language, veteran status, genetic information, or national origin (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964); sex (Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and Title II of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act of 1984); or disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and American Disabilities Act (ADA), P.L. 101336) in educational programs or activities receiving federal assistance and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.
Employees, students and the general public are hereby notified that the Irwin County Board of Education does not discriminate in any educational program or activities or in employment policies. The Irwin County Board of Education prohibits retaliation against individuals who oppose this policy or file any complaint.
State law prohibits discrimination based on gender in athletic programs of local school systems (Equity in Sports Acts, O.C.G.A. § 20-2-315). Students are hereby notified that Irwin County local school system does not discriminate on the basis of gender in its athletic programs. The sports equity coordinator for this school system is: Kerry Billingsley, 210 North Apple Street, Ocilla, GA 31774 or call (229)-468-7485. Inquiries or complaints concerning sports equity in this school system may be submitted to the sports equity coordinator.
The following individuals have been designated as the employees responsible for coordinating the system’s effort to implement this nondiscrimination policy.
|Title II||Heather Purvis
|Title I||Jessica Sirmans
All career and technical education programs follow the system’s policies of nondiscrimination of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability in all programs, services, activities, and employment. IN addition, arrangements can be made to assure that the lack of English proficiency is not a barrier to admission or participation.
Inquiries concerning the application of Title II, TitleVI, Title IX, Section 504, ADA, and Career and Technical Education to the policies and practices of the board may be addressed to the Irwin County Board of Education, P.O. Box 225, Ocilla Georgia 31774, to the Regional Office for Civil Rights, Atlanta, Georgia 30323; or to the Director, Office of Civil Rights, Education Department, Washington, D.C. 20201.
Faculty & Staff
Andrew Tucker - Principal
Candice Cobb - Curriculum
Shayla Hooks - Assistant Principal
Jared Luke - Assistant Principal
The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate children and youth, birth to age 21, who are suspected of, or have a disability or developmental delay in order to provide free and appropriate Special Education Services. Irwin County Schools serves children ages 3 through 21 with identified Special Education needs.
Parents/guardians of students who suspect their child may have a disability should contact the teacher, principal or the school’s Student Support Team leader.
Exceptional Student Education
Special Education services are provided to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Programs are provided for students in all disability areas recognized by the State of Georgia. Programs are provided based on the identified needs of each student. If you child has a learning or behavior problem, or if you suspect that your child has a disability, you should contact the principal or Student Support Team leader at your child’s school, or contact Dr. Stacie Howard, Irwin County School System Special Education Director.
Under provisions of the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship, parents of student who receive Special Education services may choose to transfer their children to other public or private schools in Georgia. For additional information, please visit the Georgia Department of Education website at http://public.doe.k12.ga.us, or contact Irwin County School System Special Education Director, Dr. Stacie Howard at (229) 468-9510.
Section 504 protects all qualified students with disabilities, defined as those persons having a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities (Caring for one's self, Performing manual tasks, Walking, Seeing, Hearing, Speaking, Breathing, Working, Learning).
Parents or guardians of students who have reason to believe their child may have a disability as defined under Section 504 and may require special accommodations in the general education setting should contact the school’s principal, counselor, or Irwin County School System 504 Director, Dr. Stacie Howard at (229) 468-9510.
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Toll-Free School Safety Hotline
MAKE THE CALL AND STOP VIOLENCE IN YOUR SCHOOL
The 1-877-SAY-STOP toll-free hotline was created by the Georgia Department of Education. Students can anonymously report anyone who has a weapon, has threatened to bring a weapon to school, or has violated any other school safety rules. The hotline hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; after 5 p.m. all calls will be forwarded to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Callers will not be asked to reveal their identities. Make the call; you can make a difference!