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School Social Services

8 months ago

Welcome to the School Social Work site for Lumpkin County Schools.

“School social workers facilitate the educational and individual potential of students by providing services that promote school improvement. School social workers collaborate and consult with parents, school administrators, faculty and the community in the identification of family and student concerns to provide supportive services. In addition, they provide appropriate interventions and services that assist students and families at risk for educational failure” (Reference: School Social Workers of Georgia Practice Manual).

The focus of the Lumpkin County School social worker (SSW) is to find effective ways to resolve problems, which may significantly interfere with a student’s academic achievement or adjustment. The SSW assists with communication between the school and the home and encourages parents to assume an active role in their child’s education. By utilizing the student’s home, school, and community the school social worker can expand helping efforts so that students are successfully prepared for their educational experience and the future.

Reasons student are often referred to the SSW include, but are not limited to:
➢ Chronic attendance problems
➢ Lack of academic progress
➢ Potential dropout
➢ School and personal adjustment problems
➢ Need for community resources (economic assistance, crisis intervention, mental health issues, physical health concerns)

In 2011, Lumpkin County Schools was recently recognized as a Partner in Prevention with Darkness to Light.  We are the first school system in Georgia, and one of a few in the country, to train 100% of all staff in the Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Training.  We are proud of this accomplishment and hope other school systems will follow suit in training staff and protecting children.


8 months ago

Regular school attendance is an important factor in determining a student’s success in school. Frequent absences can cause students to miss important classroom instruction, fall behind in class work, and earn lower grades. This can lead to stress, frustration, and a negative attitude toward school. Parents play an important role in school attendance and should make sure their child attends school regularly. Parents are also encouraged to make sure the student is at school on time and allow him or her to complete the entire day.

If parents or guardians experience problems in getting their children to attend school regularly, they should be in contact with school staff members, including the guidance counselor, principal, and/or school social worker. All are willing to work with the family to provide support and assistance to promote regular school attendance.

The SSW promotes regular school attendance and is involved in all phases of truancy reduction including, but not limited to:
➢ Consultation with school staff
➢ Student attendance referral
➢ Parent/guardian contact
➢ Attendance Support Team (AST) meetings
➢ Referrals to community agencies
➢ Filing of truancy charges
➢ Attending truancy court hearings
➢ Staffing and coordinating with community agencies
➢ Chairing Attendance Protocol Committee

Community Resources

7 months ago

Lumpkin County Resources

 Dental Resources

  • Lumpkin County Health Department

             56 Short Street

             Dahlonega, GA 30533


o   Dental services available for children with Medicaid or PeachCare

  • Community Helping Place Dental Clinic
           56 Camp Glisson Rd. Dahlonega, GA 30533
           706-864-4455 ext. 305
           New applications taken on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-1p.m.

Food Assistance

  • Department of Family and Children Services


    • Food Stamps
  •  Community Helping Place


  •  Dahlonega Church of God


  •  Food Bank @ Set Free Church

            Contact Jerrie at 706-864-9946 for appointment

  • Unseen Hands Ministry

            3rd Saturday of each month @ Antioch Baptist Church (4632 Auraria Rd.)

            Hand out food, commodities, clothing between 11am-2pm

  • Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
          Hwy 52 East, 1 mile past Long Branch Elementary
          Free food each Wednesday at 6 p.m., first come, first serve.

  • Manna at Canaan

            3125 Antioch Campground Rd. Gainesville, GA 30506

            770-534-4002, no eligibility required

            Thursdays 6-8pm, Saturdays 9-11am


  • Lumpkin County Housing Authority


  • Jeremiah's Place Transitional Housing

  • Golden Hills Apartments
    • 706-864-5344
  • Brook Point Apartments
    • 706-864-2330
  • CrabApple Place Apartments
    • 706-864-1064
  • Greenbriar Apartments
    • 706-344-8164
  • Willow Trace Apartments
    • 706-864-3018
  • Mariah Rental
    • 706-864-2934
  • Habitat for Humanity
    • 404-653-8400
Housing-Homeless Shelters

  • My Sister's Place (Hall County)
           Women & Children

  • The Salvation Army (Shelter)
    • 770-531-0135
  • Good News At Noon (Shelter)
    • 770-503-1366


  • Department of Family and Children Services


    • Medicaid/ Peachcare applications
  • Community Helping Place Medical Clinic

            56 Camp Glisson Rd. Dahlonega, GA 30533


            New applications on Tuesday from 10 a.m.-1p.m.

  • Appalachian Nurse Practitioner Clinic


Mental Health

  • AVITA Community Partners


  • Additional resources available upon request from the school counselor or system school social worker.

Utility/Rent Assistance

  • 9th District Opportunity


  • Community Helping Place


  • Project Share
    • Requires application completion and interview at Lumpkin Department of Family and Children Services.  175 Tipton Dr. Dahlonega, GA 30533 
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society

              Hotline, leave message 706-835-8033

  • Dahlonega Baptist Church

  • Dahlonega United Methodist Church


  • NOA Bargain Shop
    • 706-864-6167
  • Thrift Store (Community Helping Place)
    • 706-867-1885

Homeless Services

8 months ago

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that governs the educational rights of children and youth in homeless situations. Under this program the Lumpkin County School System offers support and assistance to ensure that each homeless child or youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as other children and youth.

If you or your child:

  • live in a shelter
  • 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
  • live on the street
  • if you are an unaccompanied youth

You have the right to:

  • immediately enroll in and attend school without having health and school records with you
  • enroll in school where you are living or the school attended when permanently housed if in your child's best interest
  • receive transportation to and from school of origin
  • participate in school related activities and receive other needed services
  • utilize dispute resolution process if you have a grievance

For additional information on the educational rights of homeless children and youth, you may visit the following recommended site:

National Center for Homeless Education at Serve

P.O. Box 5367

Greensboro, NC 27435

Phone: 800-755-3277

Please see related documents for the full text of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act or a student residency questionnaire (available in Spanish) to help you determine if you and/or your child meet criteria for McKinney-Vento.


The Lumpkin County school social worker is the local homeless liaison for Lumpkin County Schools and can be reached at 706-864-6189 ext. 41257 if you have any questions.

Homeschool Information

over 2 years ago

***Change in Home School Reporting

House Bills 39 and 706, passed during the 2012 legislative session and signed by the Governor, move the responsibility of home school reporting from local school systems to the Georgia Department of Education beginning July 1, 2012.  The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) developed a web-based system to efficiently comply with the new home school requirements.  Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to use the web-based system to submit their home school Declaration of Intent and attendance records as doing so will save time and resources for both the parent/guardian and the GaDOE.  The GaDOE web-based system is located on the GaDOE home school webpage at


Additional information about home schooling and how to submit home school documentation is available on the home school webpage.  Please be advised that the GaDOE web-based system is not affiliated with any vendor offering services to home school parents/guardians.


 For parents/guardians who do not wish to utilize the web-based system, the GaDOE will also provide for the paper submittal of home school documentation.  Parents/guardians may submit their home school documentation via mail or fax to the GaDOE at the contact information below:


Georgia Department of Education

 Homeschool Division

205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE

 Suite 1754 Twin Towers East

 Atlanta, GA 30334

 Fax: (404) 463-0441


The GaDOE will be responsible for issuing Certificates of Attendance for home school students that are eligible for a learner’s permit, driver’s license, work permit, or as needed for other purposes.  Parents/guardians may request a Certificate of Attendance electronically using the web-based system or by contacting a GaDOE home school staff member. 


Please note that pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-701 local school systems will continue to be responsible for filing proceedings in court to enforce the compulsory attendance law for home schoolers after written notice has been sent to the parents/guardians.  The GaDOE will coordinate with local school systems to provide the documentation needed for enforcing compulsory attendance for students in home study programs. 


For additional information about home study programs in Georgia, please contact the GaDOE home school which can be found by clicking the above link.

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