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FAQs

 

Where is George Washington Middle School located?

What documents are required to complete registration for school?
What are the hours of the school day?
How early may my child arrive at school?
Is there a before or after school child care program?
How do I let the school know that my child will not be in school?
What is the attendance policy?

How many hours does my child need to be present in school to receive credit for the school day?

What do I do when I want to visit the school?
What are the drop off and pick-up procedures?
How are report cards distributed?
What do I do when my child needs to leave school early?
Are cell phones, cameras or ipods permitted in school?
May I call school to directly talk to my child?

What is the procedure for the make-up of school work due to absences?

May my child wear jewelry during Physical Education classes?

What are the Discipline and Dress Code Policies for Wayne Township Schools?

Where is the lost and found located?

How do I find out about school closings or delayed openings?

 


Where is George Washington Middle School located?


George Washington Middle School is located at:

 
68 Lenox Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

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What documents are required to complete registration for school?

  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Child’s Immunization Records
  • Deed and/or Lease to your home
  • Utility Bill and/or Bank Statement
  • Transfer card from previous school
  • Report card and standardized testing if available


Please bring all originals and copies will be made at the school, and always call for an appointment when registering your child.

 
What are the hours of the school day?


Homeroom begins at 8:00 AM and dismissal is at 2:45 PM.

 
How early may my child arrive at school?


Walkers and car pool students may enter the building at 7:50 AM and must report to homeroom by 8:00 AM.

 
Is there a before or after school child care program?


This program is not available at the middle school level.        

              

How do I let the school know that my child will not be in school?


Absence from school should be held to an absolute minimum in the best educational interest of the student. The only reasons permitted for an excused absence are religious holidays, illness of the students, or a death in the immediate family.

  • Please call 633-3140, ext. 70 prior to 8:00 AM to let the nurse know your child will be absent.
  • For medically excuse absences, please secure a physicians note while at the office. Provide this note to the nurse upon return to school so that she can record the absence as excused.
  • There may be times when parents choose to keep children out of school for other reasons, such as for traveling and family vacation trips. We, of course, discourage this practice, asking that you plan your vacation during scheduled school vacations.

    Parents must report all student absences by calling us at 973-633-3140.  You may leave your message during non-school hours on our answering machine.  Upon returning to school all children must present a note, signed by a parent, stating the reason for the absence.  These notes are to be given to your child’s homeroom teacher.

  • In all cases of pupil absence, students are held responsible for assignments. Teachers are expected to provide pupils with missed assignments and a suitable amount of time is provided for that purpose upon the student’s return.


What is the attendance policy?


Should a student be absent for 21 days of more of unexcused absences, there will be a direct impact on his/her program of study which can result in summer school or possible retention.

 
How many hours does my child need to be present in school to receive credit for the school day?


Your child must be in school until 12:30 PM to receive credit for that school day.

 
What do I do when I want to visit the school?


Visitors must report directly to the main office.  Articles to be delivered to students during school hours are to be left at the office.  All visitors must sign in and wear a visitors badge when authorized to be present in the building.

 
What are the drop off and pick-up procedures?


Students who are driven to and/or picked up from school must use the Magnolia Place entrance and adhere to all posted traffic patterns.

Car Poolers:  The Magnolia Street entrance must be used when dropping off and picking up students.  Exercise caution when in the vicinity of the school.  Observe all traffic signs.  Note:  The entrance road off Magnolia becomes a one-way thoroughfare once you reach the parking lot area.  All vehicles must continue around and through the parking area before exiting the school grounds.  Do not attempt to backup or turn around once you are on the school grounds.  Since students are not admitted into the building until 7:52am, please do not drop them off before 7:45am.  THE LENOX ROAD ENTRANCE IS FOR BUSES ONLY.

Walkers & Bicycle Riders:  Please walk carefully and use the sidewalks whenever possible.  Bike riders should wear helmets and exercise extreme caution.  No bike riding is permitted on the school grounds between 7:40am and 3:05pm.  Use the bike rack and a lock to secure your bike during the day.



How are report cards distributed?


Report cards are posted to the Parent Portal per the schedule posted under this website's Calendar & Schedules section of the top navigation bar.

 

What do I do when my child needs to leave school early?


All students are expected to remain in school for the entire school day.  If a student must leave the building, he/she must sign out from the main office with a parent or adult authorized by the parent via a note or listed on the emergency card.  Advanced notification is expected (except for emergencies).  ID’s are required.

Note:  Students are discouraged from leaving during the school day for office visits, i.e. doctor, dentist, orthodontist.  Appointments should be scheduled before or after school.

 
Are cell phones, cameras or ipods permitted in school?

Board policy does not allow for students to have the following items in their possession during the school day.

  • cell phones, Ipods, walkmans - must be stored in locker and turned off
  • beepers, cameras - NOT PERMITTED IN SCHOOL

Such electronic devices are not to be in the student’s possession during the school day including lunch/recreation and study hall.  Such devices are to be stored in lockers throughout the day – not on the student’s person.  Violation of this rule will result in the confiscation of the item only to be returned to a parent and disciplinary measures for the student.

   

May I call school to directly talk to my child?


With 640 students in our school, it is impossible for us to allow parents to call and speak directly to their children.  In the event of an emergency, our secretaries are available to relay a message. We ask that parents refrain from calling the school with non-emergency messages for their children.  Please provide your children with this information (doctor appointments, etc.) prior to departure in the morning.  Thank you for your cooperation.


 
. What is the procedure for the make-up of school work due to absences?


Students who are absent, for any reason, will be required to make up work missed in each class.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain all make-up work from his/her teachers immediately upon return to school.  Failure to obtain make-up work is no excuse for not doing work missed.

The teacher should arrange make-up opportunities for students who have missed tests or important assignments because of excused absences.  Students are responsible for class assignments as follows:


Days Absent                 Make-Up Deadline
1-3 days                       5 days
4-6 days                       10 days
7 days                          By arrangement with teacher


EXTENDED ABSENCE
Homework assignments missed due to an absence of 3 or more days can be requested through the guidance office.  Please allow 24 hours to process these requests

 
17. May my child wear jewelry during Physical Education classes?


Due to safety considerations, students may not wear jewelry during gym classes. Students should plan to schedule ear piercing in July or during the marking period in which they are scheduled for health.

Wayne Board of Education policy regarding the wearing of jewelry in physical education classes is strictly enforced at this level.  All jewelry must be removed during physical education class each day. Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated. 

 
What is the Dress Code Policy for Wayne Township Schools?


District Policy

5511- DRESS AND GROOMING

Section: Pupils
Date Created: October, 2009
Date Edited: March, 2010

N.J.S.A. 18A:11-1; 18A:11-7; 18A:11-8; 18A:11-9

The Board of Education recognizes each pupil’s mode of dress and grooming is a manifestation of the pupil’s personal style and individual preferences.  The Board will impose its judgment on pupils and parent(s) or legal guardian(s) only when a pupil’s dress and grooming affect the educational program of the schools.

Everyone entering Wayne Public Schools is expected to dress in an appropriate manner.  Some forms of attire are inappropriate in a school where safe, distraction-free learning is the primary goal.  Thus, all Wayne pupils are expected to observe the following:

  • No pupil may wear clothing which reveals his or her back, midriff, upper thigh or cleavage; no pupil may wear clothing which exposes any underwear, or which is “see through” (i.e., through which underwear or bare skin is visible); no pupil may wear clothing which promotes any illegal behavior, such as the use of alcohol or drugs, in either text or illustration, inappropriate language or which denigrates any racial, ethnic, or religious group in text or illustration.
  • No hats, bandanas or other type of decorative head covering is permitted.
  • No clothing may be worn that allies with or promotes gang activity.

Where is the lost and found located?


Students who find lost articles such as clothing, books, pens are asked to take them to the custodian’s office. Valuables such as jewelry, purses or eyeglasses should be taken to the main office where they can be claimed by the owner. 

Items of wearing apparel and personal property brought to school should be labeled with the student’s name.  This identification will make it possible to return lost articles to the owner.  When an item is lost, a student should check the lost and found boxes outside the custodian room or the main office.
 

How do I find out about school closings or delayed openings?

   
The Connect-Ed System will call everyone in case of an emergency snow closing.  The system was used last year and was extraordinarily successful.  Our system has a number of options in it, one of which allows families to opt out of receiving an emergency closing call.  If you do not want to receive an emergency closing call, please call Mrs. Conway, school secretary.  Please note that if you have children in schools other than George Washington M.S., you must contact that school as well in order to have your name removed from that list.  Also note that for snow closing emergency calls, both your home and cell numbers will be called.

TV stations: 
News 12 New Jersey/Cable
Fox 5 (TV) news
WMCTV – Channel 77

Radio stations: 
WINS/1010AM  
WCBS/880AM 
WOR/710AM  

     

Parents/Guardians and students are advised not to call the Police Department or the school for school closing information.  A message regarding school closing will be available on the school district telephone number 973-633-3000.  Hours for the 90 minute delayed opening at the middle school are 9:30am - 2:45pm.

 

 

George Washington Middle School • 68 Lenox Road, Wayne, NJ 07470 • Phone: 973-633-3140

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