Irwin County School System implemented The Homeless Education Program to ensure access to a free, appropriate public education for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Homeless Education Program operates in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act, Title VII- B, reauthorized in 2015. ICSS assigns a Homeless Liaison to oversee The Homeless Education Program. The Homeless Liaison assists the local schools to assure identified homeless children and youth receive the following services:

  • Timely Enrollment
  • Transportation
  • Education Related Support Services
  • Community Resource Information

The primary goal of the Homeless Liaison is to eliminate barriers to school enrollment and promote academic success for all students. In addition to providing support to local schools, the Homeless Liaison along with the school social workers serves as the link between families and community resources. The Homeless liaison is responsible for providing on-going training to families, schools, and community resources in an effort to promote awareness, education and most of all sensitivity to the needs of families/students experiencing homelessness.

If you and your child:

  • Live in a shelter or motel;
  • Share housing with relatives or others because you lost your housing or cannot afford housing;
  • Live in a campground, car, abandoned building, or other inadequate shelter;
  • Do not have a permanent address and/or permanent housing; or
  • Live on the street;

Your child has the right to:

  • Immediately enroll in and attend school without having health and school records available;
  • Enroll in the school serving the address where you are living temporarily, or in the school attended when permanently housed, whichever is feasible and in your child’s best interest;
  • Receive transportation to and from school when feasible;
  • Participate in school-related activities and receive other services, including free school meals; and
  • Utilize the dispute resolution process if you have a grievance.

 

IF YOU NEED HELP, PLEASE CALL:
Homeless Liaison
Dr. Emethel Mizell
229-468-7485

Toll-Free School Safety Hotline
1-877-SAY-STOP
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!