Safety and Visitor Procedures

Visitor Check-in and Check-out Procedures

We welcome visitors at West Springfield Elementary School. Thank you for helping us keep our students safe by following the procedures below:

  • Entry Door - Visitor control is monitored through an electronic door access system. Press the button next to the door of Entrance #1. The receptionist will answer and ask the nature of your visit/who you are here to see. 
  • Main Office Sign-In - Proceed to the main office. Sign in using our automated visitor management system with a driver’s license, passport, or military ID. The system prints an ID badge that must be displayed on visitor clothing at all times. If you do not have identification, you will not be allowed beyond the main office until you have assistance to verify your identity with an office staff member. Only authorized visitors will be allowed in the building.
  • Check Out - Before leaving the school, visitors must check-out in the main office and leave by the main entrance.


WSES is fortunate to have individuals, groups, and organizations who contribute time and energy to students as volunteers. Because student safety is of utmost importance, we ask that our volunteers complete the following prior to volunteering:

  • Review the Volunteering at WSES PowerPoint and direct questions to Karen Lathrop, Family Liaison.
  • Complete the Google Form acknowledging that you have reviewed the Volunteer Procedures at WSES.

School Safety Precautions

The following procedures have been implemented to keep students safe.

  • Faculty and staff will always have their FCPS photo-identification badges displayed.
  • Exterior doors are locked from the outside during the instructional day.
  • Former students and friends of students, etc. are not allowed to visit during school hours.
  • Doors are not to be held open for other visitors.
  • Parents will be asked to show a government issued ID confirming their identity before releasing their child to them for a early dismissal.

Safety Drills

Throughout the school year, all Fairfax County Public Schools are required to conduct the following safety drills for student and staff understanding and fluency in applying these procedures in the most efficient and effective manner possible, in order to ensure safety and security for all.

  • Fire Drills- once per week through September, then monthly for the remainder of the school year
  • Lockdown Drills- one in September and one in January
  • Tornado Drills- one in March
  • Bus Emergency Drills- one at the beginning of the school year and one at the beginning of the second semester (February)

Our teachers prepare and practice with our students to make these drills and experiences as orderly and effective as possible. They will be teaching the foundational understanding that these practices are precautionary to keep us all safe if a dangerous situation presented itself.

Learn more about FCPS’ Emergency and Crisis Response plans here.