Electronic Locks

When used on classroom doors and tied into a centralized access control system, electronic locks provide the following increased security benefits:

Centralized Lockdown

In centralized lockdown systems, the perimeter and/or interior locks are connected to an access control system. This provides the ability to remotely or centrally lockdown the school in case of an emergency.

  • All connected doors lock down in seconds with centralized command
  • Eliminate the need to issue keys to lock down the classroom
  • Relieves teachers from each having to lock their classroom in an emergency
  • Instant notifications can be sent to the administration staff or SRO alerting others a lock down has been initiated
  • Real-time monitoring whether the door is closed, latched and/or locked
  • Instant management of who and where cards can be used, eliminating the risk of lost keys


  • All rooms are immediately locked down without a key or card
  • No one has to go to a door and lock it during an emergency
  • No keys or cards required, so key holder does not need to be present to secure the room


  • Software-based security systems require additional staff training and expertise


Learn about Schlage's electronic access control solutions for schools. 


Security Tip

Authorized school personnel, law enforcement and emergency responders should always be able to gain access to a classroom with a key or credential to help occupants in emergencies.

Local lockdown

Like mechanical lockdown with keys, stand-alone electronic locks on classroom doors require staff to use their credential at the door to quickly lockdown the classroom in case of an emergency.  However, electronic stand-alone locks still provide additional security over mechanical locks.

  • Use of credentials instead of keys allows for:
    • Ease of adding and deleting users provide immediate key control
    • Elimination of cutting keys, changing locks, and getting keys back when staff turns over
    • Easily provide substitute teachers with access and lockdown capability to the rooms where they’ll be teaching
  • Ability to schedule when doors will lock and unlock
  • Accountability to know who goes in which rooms and when
  • Ability to migrate to a centralized online access control platform in future
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