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  Frequently Asked Questions  

1. 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 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.  

Access additional information regarding new student registration by clicking here or through the district homepage under "Parents" and "New Student Registration."


2. What are the hours of the school day?

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


3. How early may my child arrive at school?

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


4. Is there a before or after school child care program?

This program is not available at the middle school level.


5. What is my child's daily schedule?
You can access the daily schedule, including information about delayed openings and minimal days, by clicking the "Calendars & Schedules" link, then "Bell Schedule."

6. 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 389-2120, ext. 70 prior to 8:00 to let the nurse know your child will be absent.
  • For medically excuse absences, please secure a physicals 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.
  • In cases of all pupil absences, 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.


7. 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.


8. 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 for four (4) instructional hours to receive credit for that school day.

Lunch/Rec time does not count toward the four hours of instruction.

9. 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.


10. What are the drop off and pick-up procedures?

For students who are driven to school, there is a designated drop off/pick up point, which is below and to the right of the entrance circle. The circle is reserved for buses only. The area to the left is reserved for staff parking and parents may not drop off or pick up students in this staff parking area.


11. How are report cards distributed?

Progress report data is posted to the parent portal and progress report emails are sent by the technology department to notify parents.

Report card data is posted to the parent portal and report card emails are sent by the technology department to notify parents.


12. 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.


13. Are cell phones, cameras or iPods/MP3 players permitted in school?

Cell phones

Board policy does allow for students to have cell phones in their possession during the school day with the following expectations:

  • Cell phones are to be stored away in lockers throughout the day – NOT ON THE STUDENT’S PERSON.
  • Cell phones are turned off at all times.
  • Student may use their cell phone in class for school work utilizing the guest wi-fi ONLY if the teacher will be using the students' personal devices for instruction.

Violation of policy results in the confiscation of the phone only to be returned to a parent and disciplinary measures for the student.


At no time should students be bringing cameras to school. Violation of this rule will result in confiscation of the camera to be returned only to a parent and disciplinary measures to the student.

iPods/MP3 players

Such electronic devices are not to be in the student’s possession during the school day including lunch/rec. 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.


14. May I call school to directly talk to my child?

Our secretaries are available to take important messages that they will communicate to students. Only in an emergency situation can your child be called down to the main office to speak to you on the phone or in person.


15. 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. 

The teacher will 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


16. 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.


17. Are there extra–curricular opportunities?

Clubs and Activities at AWMS are formed and organized in conjunction with the interests and talents of the teachers serving as advisors. As a result, clubs can change from year to year.


18. What are the Discipline Policies for Wayne Township Schools?

These policies are available online at the website and are available in your child’s daily agenda/planner.  It is important that you and your child are familiar with these policies. This policy delineates the rights and responsibilities of students, parents, and staff.

19. What are the Dress Code Policies for Wayne Township Schools?

Anthony Wayne students are expected to dress in a manner that is appropriate for school.  We ask for parent assistance in ensuring that your child adheres to the following guidelines to avoid any disciplinary action:
All attire should be neat, clean, reflect modesty and be appropriate for a school environment.

  • Clothes should not be sheer, brief, low cut or revealing so as to be embarrassing, distracting or indecent.
  • Bare midriffs are unacceptable; shirts that do not cover the stomach area and revealing short skirts are not permitted in school. Halter tops, tube tops, spaghetti straps, or strapless tops are not permitted.
  • Footwear is required at all times.  Flip-flops are unsafe and not permitted at any time.
  • Any garment that has graphics that are suggestive, obscene, have a double meaning, refer to gang affiliation, or promote/depict an illegal substance is prohibited.
  • Shorts are acceptable in hot weather, but must be neat & ensure modesty.    Shorts that expose undergarments, or have distracting/suggestive words or images on them are unacceptable. Lycra/spandex shorts & tank tops should be reserved for appropriate athletic activities and are unacceptable during the school day.
  • Hats & caps shall not be worn inside the school.

Any student that comes to school in inappropriate dress according to the above-cited guidelines will be asked to change his/her clothing.  If the student does not have something appropriate available in school, parents will be contacted to provide them.  Students who continually violate our dress code will be subject to disciplinary action which may include being marked absent from class(es)/school.  These absences will be considered as part of the district attendance policy and may lead to the loss of credit for a course/school year.


Anthony Wayne Middle School • 201 Garside Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470 • Phone: 973-389-2120

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