What Can Architects Do To Design Safer Classrooms For Our Children? Part 2: Ideas & Safety Tips For SchoolsPosted: March 7, 2018 | |
Photo Source: The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Safety Experts and Architects recommend that schools:
- Build a sturdy set of double doors at front entrance to control access.
- Position classrooms away from the front entrance.
- Install an intercom and a sturdy transaction window at front entrance.
- Separate and clearly mark a parent drop-off lane and a bus lane.
- Keep parking lot a distance away from school.
- Glaze first-floor windows with bullet-proof film or glass.
- Remove parking space signs reserved for specific people, which can indicate whether an administrator is inside.
- Number classrooms with signs that are visible down inside hallways and from outside the building.
- Install locks on all classroom and office doors.
- Trim shrubbery or trees that hug the building
- Install surveillance cameras
- Place bollards in front of the school building
- Compartmentalize after-school activities in one part of the building so the rest of the building can be secured after-hours
Image Source: School Security – Threat And Vulnerability Assessments
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