Prince William County Public Schools Welcomes Visitors

Visitors include parents, citizens, invited speakers, observers from colleges, salespersons, news media, volunteers, coaches from other schools, and tutors. School division employees not regularly assigned to a given facility are also considered visitors and shall report to the appropriate office and follow all sign-in procedures. However, there are safety precautions that must be followed by all visitors.

Visitor Requirements

All visitors shall be required to report to the main office of the school or school division facility, provide and leave a valid government photo identification, and state the nature of their visit. Visitors must produce one of the following forms of valid government issued identification, containing a full name, date of birth, and photograph:

  • U.S. or foreign driver's license;
  • U.S. or foreign government identification;
  • Military identification;
  • Department of Motor Vehicles' photo identification;
  • Passport;
  • Permanent Resident Card (Green Card);
  • Re-entry permit; or
  • Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP) identification.

The visitor identification badge or the PWCS employee photo-identification badge must be worn in a manner, which makes them readily visible to students and staff in the school division facility. Upon completion of business in the facility, the visitor shall report to the office to return the visitor identification badge, and collect their photo identification before exiting the facility. Each school division facility shall have a procedure to inform visitors and staff of the visitor identification badge requirement.

The only visitors to schools or division facility that are NOT REQUIRED to obtain a visitor's identification badge are:

  1. Law enforcement officers and other emergency service providers (e.g., fire fighters, EMS), when in uniform and/or are prominently displaying their badge of authority, are not required to obtain a visitor's badge or surrender an ID, as their identity is clear. Law enforcement officers and other emergency service providers must sign-in on the "Visitor Sign-In Log," except in emergency situations.
  2. PWCS Supply Services' delivery personnel are only required to sign in on the visitor's log when they are going beyond the main office or loading dock.
  3. PWCS Food and Nutrition's supervisory personnel are only required to sign in on the visitor's log when they are going beyond the cafeteria or loading dock.

Visitors who are unable to provide an acceptable form of identification for staff to enter in the Visitor Identification System shall meet with a building administrator or school security immediately. Any visitor with a legitimate educational purpose shall be granted access for said purpose, but are subject to any conditions imposed by the PWCS facility.

Please view Regulation 926-1, "Visitor Identification" for additional questions regarding visitor badges.

Additional Webpages On ID Badges

Updated: May 9, 2018