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FAQs
 

EARLY DISMISSAL GUIDELINES FOLLOWED BY THE WAYNE SCHOOL DISTRICT

1.  Early dismissal notification will be made prior to parents using Blackboard Connect.
2.  Elementary Dismissal is at 1:15 pm.
3.  There is NO PM Kindergarten or Pre-school.
4.  PM Kindergarten must be made up (the date TBA).
5.  Parents should pack a snack for their children.
6.  NO LUNCH will be served in order to accomodate four hours of instructional time.
7.  The In-School Extended Care Program is CANCELLED



Below are links that provide answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our school policies and procedures.
 

What are the Hours of the School Day?

  • What are the hours for The Learning Center students
  • What are the hours for K – 5 students?


Bus Transportation

  • Who is eligible for bus transportation?
  • What are the rules and regulations for transporting students?
  • How do I let the school know if my child is not taking the bus?
  • Who do I call with concerns about the bus?


Transportation Procedures (other than bus)

  • What are the arrival/departure procedures for students transported by car and for students who walk to school?
  • What are the parking lot procedures?


Before/After School Care

  • How can I find out about before/after school care programs?

    a. The Early Start/Wrap-Up Program

    - Morning and afternoon Early Start/Wrap-Up Program schedule
    - Enrollment and contact information

    b. The Boys and Girls Club of Wayne

    - Half-day program for Kindergarten students
    - Enrollment and contact information

Arrival, Dismissal, and Absence

  • What time are students dismissed from school?
    • Learning Center classes
    • K-5 classes
    • Walkers
  • What procedures should I follow if my child is tardy?
  • What procedures should I follow if my child requires early dismissal?
  • How do I let the school know that my child will not be in attendance at school?
  • How can I help my child to complete school assignments during an absence?


Breakfast and Lunch at Ryerson

  • What time is breakfast available to students?
  • How is breakfast purchased? 
  • What is the student lunch schedule?
  • What are the lunch payment options?
  • If my child does not participate in the school lunch program and forgets to bring lunch to school, what can I do?


Ryerson’s Homework Policy

  • What are the homework policies for my child’s grade level?
    • Forgetting homework
    • During child’s absence


Dress Code

  • What are the Dress Code Requirements at Ryerson?



What are the hours of the school day?

Learning Center students


                      Preschool AM ................................... 8:20 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
                      Preschool PM .................................. 12:10 p.m. - 2:45p.m.
                      Full time preschool............................. 8:20 a.m. - 2:45p.m.
                      Full time classes................................ 8:20 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

K-5 students


                     Kindergarten AM................................. 8:55 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
                     Kindergarten PM................................ 12:40 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
                     Grades 1 – 5....................................... 8:55 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

  • All students are to enter the school through the main entrance.
  • Students are not to arrive at school prior to 8:35 a.m. since supervision is not provided.
  • Should you require supervision prior to 8:35 a.m. please enroll your child in the districts Early Start/Wrap Up Program.
  • Students are escorted to classrooms at 8:50 a.m. by teachers.
  • All students are asked to have a book to read between 8:35a.m. and 8:50a.m. while waiting for their teachers.

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Bus Transportation

Who is eligible to ride on the school bus?

Only those students entitled to transportation may ride the bus to and/or from school. Students must take their assigned bus unless other arrangements have been made. They cannot go on any other bus, nor can they have a friend, who is not a bus student, go home with them on the bus.

How do I let the school know if my child is not taking the bus?

Students eligible for bus transportation are expected to use the bus unless there is written notice from a parent indicating a change. The note should be sent to your child's teacher and include the particular date or dates and the specific change of transportaion. Emergencies do arise and sometimes notification in advance is not possible. PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE and we will get the message to your child. This procedure is for emergencies only.

Who do I call with concerns about the bus?

The Transportation Department can be reached at 973-633-3144 or 973-633-3120.

What are the parking lot procedures?

1) Please be cautious when picking up and delivering your child to and from school. There is not parking, at any time, in yellow lined and fire zone areas.

2) The curb in front of the building is only for pick-up and drop-off and is not for "stopping and waiting" until your child comes out or goes into the building. You should be on this yellow curb only if your child is visible to you and waiting for you.

3) Please park your car in designated parking spaces and walk to the front entrance to pick-up your child at dismissal time. Children will not be permitted to walk in the parking lot area alone. They must be with an adult.

4) All walkers are to cross streets only at the designated crossing areas.

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Transportation Procedures (other than bus)

Arrival at School

All students are to enter the school through the main entrance.  Students are not to arrive at school prior to 8:35 a.m. since supervision is not provided.  We are asking for your support and attention to this, as there are occasionally some parents or children who wish to enter the building before 8:35. a.m.  Only staff, parents with pre-scheduled appointments and children enrolled in the Early Start Program will be allowed to enter the building before 8:35 a.m.  If you need to drop your child off before this time, the child must be pre-registered for the school-based Early Start Program (973-633-3124). This program is available between 7:15 and 8:35 a.m. on a regular basis, and an “Emergency Use Only” basis to meet your needs.
 
In order to ensure the continued safety and security of our schools, the doors will remain locked until 8:35a.m.  Please do not drop your children off before this time and leave them unattended. When the doors open you may release your child(ren) from your supervision to enter the building.  Students in grades K-2 will report to the gymnasium and students in grades 3-5 will report to the cafeteria where they will be supervised by staff members.  Students are escorted to classrooms at 8:50 a.m. by teachers.  All students are asked to have a book to read between 8:35 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. while waiting for their teachers.

If it is past 9:05 a.m. do not drop your child off.  Please park in a designated parking place and escort your child(ren) to the front door, ring the bell to enter, and report to the nurse’s office with your child for a late pass.


Departure from School...

...for walkers

Regarding dismissal, walkers must be picked up by 3:20 p.m. Please do not call the office to tell us you are going to be late.  It is your responsibility to be on time or to have other arrangements in place. The doors to the facility will be locked by 4:00 p.m.  No parent/student will be permitted back into the building unless there is a scheduled appointment. 

 ...for students enrolled in the Extended Care Program

Parents of students who are enrolled in our Extended Care Program will, of course, be granted permission to enter the building to pick-up their children.  Please help us keep your children safe by respecting the school staff, building hours and the necessary safety procedures, and by sharing this notice with all adults responsible for transporting your child safely to and from school.

Parking Lot Procedures

  • Please be cautious when picking up and delivering your child to and from school.  There is no parking, at any time, in yellow lined and fire zone areas.  Red cones clearly mark NO PARKING AREAS.
  • The curb in front of the building is only for pick-up and drop-off and is not for “stopping and waiting” until your child comes out or goes into the building.  You should be on this yellow curb only if your child is visible to you and waiting for you.
  • Please park your car in designated parking spaces and walk to the front entrance to pick-up your child at dismissal time.  If the parking lot is full park on Squire Lane. Please avoid blocking driveways. Children will not be permitted to walk in the parking lot area alone.  They must be with an adult.
  • All walkers are to cross streets only at the designated crossing areas.
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How can I find out about before/after school care?

You may want to enroll your child in our Before. This program is sponsored by the Wayne Township Public School. The hours for this program are as follows:

                         Morning................................7:15 a.m. - 8:35 a.m.
                         Afternoon.............................3:35 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


For further information please call 973-633-3124.


The Boys and Girls' Club of Wayne sponsors a half day program for kindergarten children including transportation to and/or from school as well as an after school program for students K-5. For further information about this program they can be reached at 973-956-0033.

It is imperative that you use one of these options if you need to have your child arrive to school before 8:35 a.m. or remain after school beyond 3:20 p.m.

 

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Arrival, Dismissal & Absence

Regular Dismissal

Learning Center classes board busses along the bus circle under the supervision of staff members at 2:45 p.m. K-5 classes are dismissed at 3:20 p.m. Walkers exit at the front entrance of the building. Bus students report to supervised bus lines and board busses when they arrive.

Late Arrival and Early Dismissal

We recognize that from time to time compelling circumstances will require that a child be late to school or dismissed before the end of the school day. Written notification stating the reason for the tardiness or early dismissal, in advance, is required. Justifiable reasons may include:            

         a. Medical or dental appointments that cannot be scheduled outside of school hours

         b. Family emergency                          

         c. Religious holiday.

We want all children to benefit from the lessons we have prepared and find it most difficult to have pupils make up work when they are tardy or leaving school prior to dismissal. Please note that your child must be in school for (4) instructional hours to receive credit for the school day.

Absence From 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.

  • Learning Center parents should call 973-633-3169, extension 16,  by 8:30 a.m. to report absences.
  • K – 5 parents should call 973-633-3180 by 9:05 a.m. to report absences.
  • 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. Excessive absenteeism may result in retention.
  • In all cases of 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.
  • Please do not ask for advance assignments in order to have children complete their work prior to or while on vacation. Teachers can not project their plans too far in advance, since accomplishments of many given tasks depends on a class’s need for teaching over again, review, or other unforeseen interruptions during the school day. Your cooperation is appreciated. 
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Breakfast and Lunch at Ryerson

Breakfast Schedule

Breakfast is available at 8:35 a.m. in the cafeteria.  It may be purchased on a daily or weekly basis.  If you participate in the free and reduced lunch program you are also entitled to participate.

Lunch Schedule

Grade

Lunch Schedule

Recess Schedule

3 & 4

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

4 & 5

12:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1

1:05 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

12:35 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.

2

12:35 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.

1:05 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.


Lunch may be purchased on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis for $2.00 per day or children may bring lunch from home.  If you wish to participate in our student lunch debit account system all you need to do is bring cash or a check, payable to the Wayne Board of Education to the food service manager, Carmella, sometime during the hours of operation, preferably morning hours prior to lunch.  The food service manager will set up your account for the next business day after receipt of the check.  All the student has to do is punch in their I.D. account number, and then he/she goes through the cashier’s line.  The account will be debited for the amount of the meal or ala carte item taken for that period.  Cashiers will notify the student when his/her account has $10.00 or less.  All you will need to do is send in another check to replenish the account.* 

*If you have any questions please call Michael Schmidt, Wayne District Food Service Director, at 973-633-3049.

If lunch is forgotten at home and you wish to bring it to school, please label it with your child’s name, grade, and teacher.  Ring the doorbell, wait to be admitted, and then report directly to the office.  Please do not go to the classroom, Mrs. LaVorgna will make sure that your child gets his/her lunch.

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Ryerson’s Homework Policy

Kindergarten

  • A minimum of three activities per week.
  • A maximum of five activities per week.

Grades One and Two:

  • A minimum of 20 minutes daily not to exceed 80 minutes per week.
  • A maximum of 30 minutes daily not to exceed 120 minutes per week.

Grade Three:

  • A minimum of 30 minutes daily not to exceed 120 minutes per week
  • A maximum of 45 minutes daily not to exceed 180 minutes per week.

Grade Four:

  • A minimum of 45 minutes daily not to exceed 180 minutes per week.
  • A maximum of 60 minutes daily not to exceed 240 minutes per week.

Grade Five:

  • A minimum of 60 minutes daily not to exceed 240 minutes per week.
  • A maximum of 90 minutes daily not to exceed 360 minutes per week.

More Homework Facts 

  • Forgetting Homework - If your child has forgotten an assignment at home and you wish to bring it to school; we ask that you NOT bring it to the classroom but to the Main Office. Mrs. LaVorgna will be sure that your child receives the assignment.  All visitors must report to the office.
  • During Child's Absence - If you wish assignments sent home on a day that your child is absent, please call the K-5 absentee line 973-633-3180 extension 70 and leave that request when reporting an absence or call the office by 11:00 a.m. We cannot honor requests for homework that are made after 11:00 a.m. This will enable the teacher to organize and gather the material in time for the afternoon pick-up by you or a designated child (i.e. sibling, neighbor’s child). Please keep in mind that your child many not perform optimally with homework if he/she is not feeling well. There will be sufficient time for your child to make up missed assignments and homework upon his/her return.
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Dress Code Requirements

Proper attire is essential in creating a positive self image and goes a long way in teaching our people to respect themselves as well as others.  We ask for your assistance in ensuring that your children adhere to dress code guidelines to avoid any disciplinary action:

  • All attire should be neat, clean, reflect modesty and be appropriate for a    school environment.
  • Clothes shall not be sheer, brief, low cut or revealing so as to be embarrassing, distracting or indecent.  Pants which expose the stomach are not acceptable.
  • Bare midriffs are unacceptable; short skirts that do not cover the stomach area and are not at least 6 inches beyond a student’s fingertips when the student’s hands are placed at the student’s side and the student is in an upright position are not permitted in school.  Also halter tops, tube tops, spaghetti straps, or strapless tops are not permitted.
  • Footwear is required at all times.  Flip-flops or flip-flop type sandals 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 when the weather is hot but they must be neat and ensure modesty.  Shorts that expose undergarments or shorts with distracting/suggestive words or images on them are unacceptable.  Lycra and spandex shorts and tank tops should be reserved for appropriate athletic activities and are unacceptable dress at other times during the school day.
  • Hats and caps shall not be worn inside the school building.

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.

Please review these guidelines with your children.  There are many influences, some negative some positive that are impacting our young people. It is important for the school and the home to provide some measure of direction whenever we can.  Your assistance with the enforcement of these guidelines is essential and appreciated.


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Ryerson Elementary School • 30 McClelland Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470 • Phone: 973-633-3180

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