Irvington Community Schools believes community-based schools should play an integral role in cultivating a safe and meaningful environment where students and families are connected and thriving. This belief is demonstrated by purposefully aligning resources to address student and family needs.
Clothing Closet Program
The ICS Clothing Closet Program is a FREE resource available to all ICS PreK-12 students and family members. Funded by the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) II, the program provides a supplemental resource for families impacted economically by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Program participants are eligible to receive free new and gently used clothing including student uniform bottoms and tops, undergarments, shoes, belts, and more. Additional community and business program partners are collaborating with Irvington Community Schools to provide discounted laundry services, haircuts, and public transportation. The Clothing Closet Program will be phased in throughout the 2021-2022 school year and is facilitated by ICS Social Worker, Ashley Cook.
Irvington Preparatory Academy (IPA) students and families can begin to access resources in mid-September 2021. Irvington Community Elementary School (ICES) and Irvington Community Middle Schools (ICMS) students and families will be able to access resources starting in early November 2021 and January 2022, respectively. All ICS PreK-12 students and their families are eligible to participate in the program. Parents/Guardians and students can apply directly via the online services request form HERE; can access one of the school’s mobile clothing units on designated days to be announced; or, contact Ashley Cook, ICS Social Worker directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 357-3770, x1115.
2-1-1 Guided Resource Search Portal
Families across Indiana can find local resources for any health and human services issues they may be confronting. Just like dialing 9-1-1, 2-1-1 is a fast, free, easy-to-remember phone service that connects people in need with a trained professional who can provide referrals for basic human needs, physical and mental resources, programs to assist families, and much more. ICS families can also access 2-1-1 via the online portal at www.Connect2Help.org.
School-based Clinical Therapy Services
In partnership with Community Health Network (CHN), ICS is staffed with a CHN school-based clinical therapist. Clinical therapy services are available pending an initial communication with building leadership or ICS counseling staff. Should you feel your student could benefit from counseling services, Irvington Community Schools counseling staff and counseling referral staff can be contacted as follows:
ICS Social Worker Ashley Cook, (317) 357-3770 x4115
ICES Counselor Kristen Evans, (317) 357-5359 x3112
ICMS Student Support Specialist Deirdre Smith, (317) 357-3850 x2109
IPA Counselor Stephanie Brinsley, (317) 357-3770 x4108
homeless assistance Services
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law guaranteeing all children and youth the right to an equitable education, regardless of their living situation. Homeless students are defined as those who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition includes students who might be sharing housing with other persons due to the loss of a home, economic hardship, or similar reason; students living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to a lack of alternative adequate accommodations; students who are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or, those who are abandoned in hospitals.
Your student may be eligible for educational services as provided through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. These services may include free before and after school care; transportation assistance; school uniform clothing; reduced school, book, sports, or club fees; eligibility for the free school lunch program; and, access to food assistance. Eligibility is based on the current primary nighttime residence and can be determined by completing the ICS McKinney-Vento Identification Form. Applying for homeless status is NOT cause for a report to Indiana’s Child Protective Services (CPS). CPS is contacted only in cases of abuse or neglect, and NOT in the case of homelessness. Please contact Ashley Cook, ICS Social Worker and McKinney-Vento Administrator, with any questions. She can be reached via email or phone at (317) 357-3770, x1115.
*McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act refers only to Subtitle VII-B of the Act, the Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program (42 U.S.C. 11431-11435).