Access control is one of the most critical parts of any school’s safety strategy. Part of this plan is giving access to students, staff, and visitors at the appropriate times on a daily basis. In the tragic event of an emergency, schools need more than an access control plan. A lockdown strategy is essential to every security plan. When there is an emergency, doors must open on demand as individuals attempt to come and go through certain areas. Great Valley Lockshop has years of experience helping some of the largest universities in the country secure their schools, both on and off campus. Click here to see some of our university locksmith security projects.
Security Strategy Development
It’s not enough to design a security strategy and implement it. It should be an ongoing, fluid process handled by a professional security locksmith in order to provide students, teachers, and staff a safe school atmosphere. There are several essential parts of a security strategy.
Hardware Audit From an Experienced University Locksmith
Experts suggest that hardware standards should be developed across multiple campuses or facilities. In an emergency lockdown, these standards can lessen confusion and increase the speed of response. Contact us at Great Valley Lockshop to perform your hardware audit. As university locksmiths, we have consulted universities across PA with door, lock and key hardware solutions.
Access Control/Lockdown Strategy
Identify details of your lockdown strategy and how it interacts with the school’s access control platform. Pay close attention to lockdown solutions, credential management, and security zones.
A safety committee should be composed of faculty, front office staff, IT, health services, security, administrators, and emergency responders from your community. These individuals are given the task of regularly assessing your hardware, procedures, threats, and current assets.
Policies and Procedures
Pinpoint how you plan to control access at your school. Identify staff roles and responsibilities, and determine exactly who is responsible for implementing safety procedures. Actions and protocols must be defined clearly, documented, and regularly practiced.
Ensure that educators (including support personnel and substitutes) are trained regularly on your policies and procedures. Include these policies in your school’s code of conduct, and enforce accountability through your whole staff, and at all levels.
The Key is Action
With the help of us here at Great Valley Lockshop, you can create a system that is customized for your school. Whether your concern is a specific building or an entire campus or facility, we can help you meet your goals. We’ll help you come up with a solution that is smart, strategic, and secure. From Master Keys to keyless entry, we have the experience, expertise and know-how to get it done properly and within your school’s security budget.
The Need for Lockdown
If there is any question in your mind that your school needs a lockdown strategy, consider the following:
- Door hardware that makes it difficult to enter or leave a room in the event of an emergency increases risks to staff and students.
- Doors that do not automatically close are not prepared for an emergency lockdown situation.
- It takes critical times for teachers or staff to attach hardware to the door to lock it when it is not attached permanently.
- Doors without a door access control system that unlocks and locks the door are open to anyone that wants to enter or leave at any time.
- When a door must be locked from the outside, risks to students and staff are increased.
- Tape or magnets on your doors to keep them from latching may violate fire codes.
An Important Issue in Today’s World of Education
Every student, parent, teacher, and member of your staff hopes that your students can enter your building every day and learn in a safe environment. They count on you to ensure that the doors are closed to those who shouldn’t access the building.
We have experience working with many environments, and we can aid you in developing a strategy that builds a solid security foundation for the present and the future. We have extensive experience in security, and we are confident that we can address your school’s issues and find a security solution that fits in your budget.
We know that every school has its own unique needs, and we are here to meet them.We have years of experience providing some of the top universities in the country with lock, door & consulting, installation and service. Contact us today to discuss security options for your school that give you peace of mind.