Building Design: Classroom Security
Classroom door hardware
- Always locked or lockable from inside the classroom
- Consider barricade devices that are approved by the AHJ
- Minimize glazing to prevent visibility, physical access to the lockset from the corridor side, gaining physical access to the space via glazed openings.
- Consider protective glazing films or ballistic glazing at classroom entrances.
- Provide shades to conceal glazed openings
- Create shelter-in-place areas within the classroom
- Strategically located opaque walls that allow students to hide outside the line of sight
- Consider using ancillary classrooms spaces – toilet rooms, small group instruction rooms, storage rooms – as part of shelter in place strategy
- Consider multiple points of egress to allow for escape within the building or to the exterior.
Architects prioritize design as a school security solution