Metal Detectors

  • The addition of metal detectors to our school requires a change in morning drop-off procedures. 

    • Students will no longer be able to enter the building through the cafeteria doors.
    • Students will not be permitted inside the building prior to 7:40 a.m.
    • Bus riders will enter the building through the bus loop entrance.
    • Car riders, student drivers, and walkers will enter the building through the double doors in the athletic wing.
    • Special needs buses will continue to drop off at the front.
    • Carter G. Woodson Academy middle school students will enter through the Carter G. Woodson main doors.
    • After 8:25 a.m., everyone should enter our school through the main entrance. Anyone wishing to go beyond the secure vestibule will be searched with a handheld metal detector wand.

    The set-up looks much like the metal detectors at Rupp Arena:

    • As students enter the building, they will enter the athletic hall.
    • Students are to unzip all backpacks.
    • They will walk to the gym entrance where they will be directed to one of six metal detectors.
    • Students will place any bags or purses on a table to be checked prior to walking through the metal detectors.
    • Students will place keys, cell phones, or other items from their pockets or hands into storage baskets.
    • Students will walk through the metal detector and pick up their belongings on the other side.
    • Students will proceed to the café with no re-entry into the gym.

    All entrances are monitored by teams of staff, including FCPS Police officers and contracted safety ambassadors.

    It helps tremendously if students bring only those items necessary for school or extra-curricular activities with them. Those without backpacks or purses will not have to stand in line for bag checks and will be able to move more quickly through the metal detectors.

    It is also important for everyone to be aware of the types of items that are not allowed at school, including over-the-counter medications. A full list is included in the student code of conduct, which you can view online here. You can help at home by regularly checking your child’s backpack.

    Please have a conversation with your student about the changes and remind them how important it is not to open exterior doors of the building for anyone. Our students want to be helpful, but we want them to be safe. We need everyone to come through the metal detectors in the morning or be directed to the front entrance of the school after the tardy bell rings. Dropping students off as close to 7:40 am will assist with reducing students’ tardiness due to lines forming.

    We know that metal detectors are not fail-safe, but they will work in concert with other precautions to help us do everything we can to make our campuses safe places to learn and work.