Controlling access is a critical part of a school’s efforts to provide a safe learning environment. It begins with a secure perimeter—from the main entrance to all secondary entrances and tertiary openings. The perimeter is the first check point, or layer, to the building. It controls who enters the school and when.

Primary entrances include main and event entrances. Main entrances typically lead to a security vestibule as an additional layer of security.  They are normally monitored and often have electronic access control to regulate traffic and limit entry to the building.

Secondary entrances: These make up most of the exterior openings throughout the building and are essential to a secure perimeter. These openings are often manually managed and monitored, making them susceptible being propped open.  However, it’s important that they remain closed and locked during school hours.

Keys to securing perimeter entrances:

  • Control access
  • Establish a single point of entry during school hours
  • Effectively secure and monitor secondary perimeter doors
  • Have a long-term plan and use products that are flexible and scalable for the future

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Case Studies

Redlands Unified School District

Rock Hill School District

Wedgewood Elementary School