Guidance Counseling

Guidance Counseling
Samantha Pope
Paige Graham

The purpose of the Counseling department at ICES is to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of students in either individual or group counseling formats or either by whole group classroom guidance instruction for Pre-K through fifth grades offered in the classroom setting.  It is our mission that each student’s needs are best met by one or all of these delivery formats.  Referrals for private counseling can be made directly to the guidance counselor by parents, teacher or staff referrals or through RTI referrals.  

School Services

Drug Prevention Program (Grade 5 Only)
Gifted Program
Health Services
Hospital Homebound (HHB)
Meal Services

Other Special Services are available as needed and as students qualify:
  • Migrant Education
  • Gifted Program
  • Early Intervention Program (O.C.G.A.: 20-2-153)
  • Speech and Hearing
  • Psychologist
  • Special Education/504 Modifications

Hospital Homebound (HHB)

O.C.G.A. 160-4-2-.31 (effective 11/24/09)

Hospital/Homebound (HHB) Services – academic instruction and other services provided to eligible students who are confined at home or in a health care facility for periods of time that would prevent normal school attendance based upon certification of need by the licensed physician or licensed psychiatrist who is treating the student for the presenting diagnosis.
  • HHB Services are available to students who need to be absent from school for a minimum of ten (10) consecutive days because of a non-communicable disease or illness.
  • HHB Services must be requested through the school office by the student and parent/guardian.
  • A completed written medical referral form signed by a licensed physician or licensed psychiatrist who is currently treating the student for the diagnosis presented must be submitted to the LEA for HHB services to be considered.
  • Following approval of HHB services, a meeting will be required including the student, parent/guardian, administration, and all classroom teachers to develop an Educational Service Plan (ESP), discuss services and expectations. The ESP shall include a school re-entry plan.
  • A student who is on the Hospital Homebound Program is counted present in school. Work is assigned by the classroom teachers.

Lunch and Breakfast Programs

At Irwin County Elementary, we are proud to serve nutritious meals each school day.  We also offer a variety of a la carte items which can be purchased by students.

School Breakfast and Lunch Prices

Student Reduced Breakfast $0.30
Student Reduced Lunch   $0.40
Student Breakfast $1.00
Student Lunch $1.65
Adult Breakfast $1.50
Adult Lunch $3.50
Visitor Lunch $3.50
Contract Meals $3.00
Carry Out Trays $3.50

Lunch Program

Please try to send money for lunch on Mondays or the first day of a school week. Prepaying for lunches by the week or month and by check will make this process much easier.

Breakfast Program

All students may participate in our breakfast program. The cost will be free for those who qualify, reduced for those eligible, and paid for those who do not qualify for the free or reduced programs.  

Bus riders who wish to eat breakfast should report to the cafeteria upon arriving at school.  Car riders must report to the cafeteria by 8 a.m. for breakfast.  Once a student has finished breakfast, he/she will report to their hall or gym until dismissed.  Students who do not eat breakfast will report to their hall or gym for supervision before school.  Students are not allowed to go to class and then come to the cafeteria for breakfast.  Students are not allowed to go eat breakfast after 8:10.

NOTE:  No student will obtain a glass of water at lunch unless directed by a physician’s order.  No glass-bottled drinks may be brought to school.  Food or drink items purchased in the lunchroom must not be taken from the lunchroom.  Additional trays will be charged to the student at the regular adult price of $3.50 – the full price of the meal.

School Food Services Charge Policy - Effective July 1, 2013

Health Services

Indian Care Unit

Mendy Vickers, RN


If a prescription or over-the-counter medication is necessary during the school day, a parent should bring the medicine to school in a pharmacy labeled bottle. A school medical form must be completed and given to the school official responsible for administering the medication.


A Health Clinic is provided for students at our school by Registered Nurses from the Irwin County Health Department. 

Vision and Hearing

Visual and hearing screening for students are available at the request of the parents.

Special Health Needs

If your child has a special documented health need or problem, this should be communicated to the teacher and school nurse. (This information is kept confidential.) In cases that warrant specific precautions or emergency procedures, an individual protocol will be developed by a team consisting of the nurse, RTI, teachers, and parents/guardians.

School Nurses


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!