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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.

Thank you!

Meals During Virtual Learning 


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!

ICSS Instructional Options and Safety Guidelines 20/21 FAQ

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Nate Phillips Wins System Spelling Bee

spell1 2     Congratulations to the system spelling bee champion Nate Phillips and runner-up Shelby Barbee. Both are 7th grade students.  Nate will represent Irwin County in the upcoming district spelling bee to be held in Bainbridge on February 23. 
     Participants to the 2018-2019 system-wide spelling bee were: ICES--Hunter Holcombe, Jeremiah Smith, Keon Slacks, Olicia Peacock, Ellie Willingham, Peyton Reeves, Rhiana Escobar, Brooklyn Gordon, Laci Smitgh Henry Purvis, and Alternates Cemorra Gaskins and Laila Martin. ICMS--Blake Blanchett, Louis Christie, Mona Eady Reid Houston, Darius Lake, Leslie Merritt, Runner-up Shelby Barbee, Ben Cook, Champion Nate Phillips, Sonny Terrell, and alternates Ziaya Robinson and Hannah Lake. 
     Coordinators of the annual spelling bee are Maria Johnson and Christie Copeland.

2019-20 Pre-K Registration Opens on March 5

Irwin County Pre-K Registration
for the 2019-20 School Year

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Irwin County BOE Conference Center
(across from the Board of Education Building)

Documents Needed:

  1. Child’s Certified Birth Certificate
  2. Immunization From #3231
  3. Child’s Social Security Card
  4. Medicaid/PEACH State/Insurance Card
  5. Eye, Ear, Dental, Nutrition Form #3300 (Cannot get until 4 yr. old check-up)
  6. Parent/Legal Guardian Photo ID (Proof of custody/legal guardianship if not birth parent)(7) 
    Current Proof of Irwin County Residency or Out of County if applicable
  • Your child must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2019
  • 88 Available Slots
  • Children will be accepted on first-come basis
  • Applications will be accepted from out of county BUT Irwin County students will have first priority

For more information contact:

Irwin County Elementary School at (229) 468-7485

Mrs. Rachel Pace, Pre-K Site Director/Assistant Principal at Extension 2305 or
Dr. Emethel Mizell, Pre-K Project Director, at Extension 2389

System Teacher of the Year Named

IMG 9745Jami Willis, Irwin County High School Science teacher and teacher of the year, was named as the Irwin County School System teacher of the year at the regular Board of Education meeting on Monday, November 12.

Ms. Willis is a 1993 graduate of Tift Co. High School and 1997 graduate of Georgia Southern (Bachelor's degree in Middle Grades Ed: Science and Math).  She has a Master of Science in Post Secondary Education from Troy University and is currently working on her EdS in Curriculum and Instruction at Kennesaw State University to graduate in May 2019. She holds certifications to teach PK-5; 4-8 Math, Science, and Reading; and 6-12 Science. She also has a Gifted Certification and is Google Educator Certified. She has been teaching for 22 years--8 years in Newton County Schools, 9 years in Cook County Schools, 2 years in Tift County Schools, and this is her third year in Irwin County.

Congratulations, Ms. Willis! 

Lockett Retires from Board of Education

Board of Education(L to R) Kurt Wilmot, Lamar Purvis, Mrs. Lockett, Dr. Thad Clayton, Paige Wynn, Gary Paulk

On Monday, December 17, during the regular meeting of the Irwin County Board of Education, Mrs. Sylvia Lockett officially retired from the board after 24 years' service. She was presented a plaque by her fellow board members and board staff with the quote, "By word and deed, your presence has enriched the lives of many and served as an example for all." We thank Mrs. Lockett for her faithful service to the citizens of Irwin County.

lockettfamilyMrs. Sylvia Lockett and family

REACH Scholars Announced

REACH Scholarship RecipientsCongratulations to our 2018-2019 REACH Scholars: Mona Eady, Jaabari Woodard, Tyler Brock, Sania Ross, and Izabella Cleghorn.

REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Georgia is the state's first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program. Launched by Governor Nathan Deal in 2012, the program "rewards students for self-accountability, promotes parent involvement and provides motivation and support; all factors that we know are critical in student educational achievement,” said Governor Deal at the launch of the program.

The program is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA). Donations from local educators in Irwin County has made it possible for local students to be eligible to receive at least $150,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education. At this year's ceremony  on October 24, Dr. Thad Clayton, Superintendent of Irwin County Schools, commended the employees of Irwin County Schools and the community for supporting the program.


Toll-Free School Safety Hotline

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!