Simple Solutions for Securing Classroom Doors from the Inside/Out

Ensuring classroom doors are properly locked when periods are in session is a mandated requirement for protecting those inside. Fortunately, districts across the country are on a mission to retrofit schoolroom locks so faculty can lock classroom doors from inside the room (mechanically via a key or thumb-turn, or electronically via a pushbutton), reducing exposure to potential threats by eliminating the need to go out into the hallway. Many are going a step farther and adding lock/unlock door status indicators. 

lock indicatorThe good news is that mortise locks from ASSA ABLOY Group brands Corbin Russwin, SARGENT and Yale come with the option to include our highly visible status indicators on any model. A unique extra benefit is our patent-pending curved design that’s 25 percent larger than the industry standard and expands the range of visibility for 180-degree all-angle viewing. This makes it easier to quickly verify when doors are secured. 

classroom lockPerfect for new installations or retrofitting existing doors, building owners can customize the indicators with text, colors and symbols. They’re also entirely mechanical and require no electrical wiring or batteries, so installation is straightforward. 

Another option is keeping classroom doors locked at all times by using either the storeroom function for mortise locks or the dormitory function for bored locks. Both require a key or someone from inside the room to unlock the door. 

There are many important considerations when selecting locks for classroom doors, but ASSA ABLOY offers a wide range of options that offer peace of mind when it’s needed most and can help you identify the solution that is best for you.