This public relations campaign raises awareness with school administrators about the importance of safely securing classroom doors with code-compliant methods and pointing to the experts who can assist them in balancing the life safety and security needs of their schools: door security and safety professionals. As the next step in our campaign, we have launched a new website to provide a home for our growing library of resources and information.
Please visit www.lockdontblock.org for additional details and resources, including a new recording of our roundtable webinar conversation with Safe and Sound Schools. We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and your communities.
The increased number of school shootings has created a growing public concern for safety in schools. Numerous opinions have evolved for improving student safety from an active shooter situation. In addition, several temporary door locking devices, or door barricade devices, have been made available with the intention of providing protection for students while in the classroom.
Unfortunately, these products fall short of the code requirements1 and often lead to unintended consequences. It is critical that these devices are vetted through the formal code process to ensure that the proper balance of life safety and security is met. There are already solutions in place in most schools and experts who can help you confirm if your school safe and secure.
Please watch the video above, view our webinar discussion with Safe and Sound Schools, and read our press release to learn more.
1 “Barricade Device? Think Twice!” Lori Greene, AHC/CDC, FDAI, FDHI, CCPR. Doors + Hardware, May 2015
How Do I Know If My School Has Classroom Security Locks?
Check that the classroom door can be locked from the inside without opening the door, yet still allow egress from inside without having to unlock it. The door must be able to be unlocked from the outside as well. These are common door lock functions that are tested and certified to the highest standards of security and safety, and consistently meet required fire and building codes in schools and to date have been effective against active shooters. If you’re still uncertain, contact a door security and safety professional to help evaluate your facility.
Many states are seeking to change their codes under the false pretenses that door barricade devices are the only product that can secure a classroom. Learn more with our fact sheet.
Find A Pro
If you’re still uncertain about whether your school has classroom security locks, contact a door security and safety professional to help evaluate your facility.
To learn more about the Foundation’s position on door barricade devices, please download our recent white paper.
NFPA 3000 Webinar
View this important webinar about NFPA 3000™ (PS) Standard For Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response Program presented by John Montes of NFPA and hosted by DSSF. Learn about NFPA 3000 content and contributors, ways you can organize, implement and communicate about ASHER strategies, and NFPA resources and tools available to you. We encourage you to share this with your colleagues, schools and communities. View slides here.
- Roundtable Webinar Discussion with Safe and Sound Schools
Watch our joint webinar roundtable with Safe and Sound Schools, “Door Security & Safety: Continuing the Conversation.”
- Interview on EduTalk Radio For School Superintendents
Listen to our radio interview featuring the experts in our video - Guy Grace, Director of Security and Emergency Planning, Littleton Public Schools, and Brian Geraci, MD State Fire Marshal, Board of Directors for National Association of State Fire Marshals.
- National Association of State Fire Marshals White Paper
NASFM has published a white paper entitled Classroom Door Security and Locking Hardware to address its security concerns, including suggested classroom door checklists.
- Myths (and Facts) About Classroom Barricade Devices
Read NASFM's myths and facts or watch this video with a presentation from author Lori Greene, AHC/CDC, FDAI, FDHI, CCPR.
- Ohio Testimony Against Barricade Devices in Schools
Review the packet of information provided by the Foundation here and the final statement and decision of the Ohio Board of Building Standards
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Update
Codes and standards updates to come for classroom door locking against unwanted entry.
- Choosing the Right Classroom Locks
Learn more about basic differences in lock functionality and how locks are graded.
- Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) Resources
PASS has published a white paper entitled Classroom Barricade Devices as well as a checklist, guidelines and video for school safety and security.