There have long been questions in jurisdictions across the country regarding classroom door barricade devices. Typically designed to be installed on classroom doors during a lockdown in addition to the existing, code-compliant locking hardware, these devices are tempting solutions for schools because they seem to address the perceived immediate need for additional security. But there are many other safety and compliance concerns associated with this practice that schools must consider.
In late 2021, the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) released a statement on classroom door barricade devices, which shares details on why using these devices provides a false perception of safety.
PASS provides a variety of resources to help schools make well-informed, evidence-based decisions regarding classroom door security. View the resources here.
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