Prepare and respond to school danger with classroom security locksets.
Locks with school security functions enable school staff to respond quickly to potential dangers and secure classroom doors from hallway dangers. Learn about these various functions and how installing these locks provides an immediate upgrade to a school's preparedness and response plans.
A mortise lock with a storeroom or closet function automatically locks from the outside (hallway) when the door is closed. A key is required to open the door from the outside, while the interior lever or handle always rectracts the latchbolt. By simply closing the door, the classroom is secured from hallway activity.
A mortise lock with a classroom function can be secured from the outside by inserting a key into the cylinder located on the hallway side of the door. The inside lever or handle always retracts the deadbolt.
A mortise lock with a classroom security intruder function features 2 cylinders that can be locked with a key from the inside our outside, The interior lever or handle always retracts the latchbolt, even when locked from the inside.
Same as the classroom security intruder function, but includes an indicator that offers visual confirmation of the lock status: secure or unsecure. The indicator allows for a quick response in a crisis.
ASSA ABLOY Group brands Corbin Russwin and Sargent offer locks specifically designed for schools and classrooms. View details about each lock including available classroom security functions.
Published 15 Jan 2013
Ever since schools moved from one-room structures to multi-floor facilities, students have conducted the time honored practice of fire drills. Even today, fire drills are engrained in the school curriculum. In the past few years, fire drills have been joined by a new practice—the lockdown drill.
The lockdown is a procedure that alerts teachers of a possible danger—an armed student, perhaps—and instructs them to secure the classroom doors from threats that may loom in the school hallway. Basically, the students are “locked” in the classroom for their own protection.
Luckily, new security innovations have been developed to help accommodate lockdowns and keep students safe inside the classroom. Locks are available that allow teachers to secure the door from inside the classroom, thus avoiding the need to insert a key in the outside cylinder and expose students to danger. Better still are networked electromechanical locks that can be secured instantly from a central location.
Now that the lockdown drill is standard practice, school administrators, teachers and parents must be aware of these new technologies that offer greater protection.
It’s unfortunate our children are familiar with a term that older generations associated mainly with prisons. This doesn’t mean, however, that schools need to look or feel like prisons. If handled correctly, security can blend in with the background, leaving students, teachers and parents comfortable, not fearful, with their surroundings. Yes, greater security can be liberating.
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