Main Entrances

Security Best Practices for the Main Entrance
  • Guide visitors to a single control point for entry.(Sandy Hook page 51 CPTED, PASS page 58)
  • Visitor management process including ID checks and temporary badging is recommended for all building visitors.(Sandy Hook page 52, PASS checklist)
  • Use secured vestibules with forced entry resistant doors and glazing.(Sandy Hook page 52, PASS page 58)
  • Main entrance assembly (glazing, frame, & door) should be forced entry resistant.(Sandy Hook page 51, MSD page 348, PASS page 58)
  • Control visitor access through electronic surveillance with intercom audio/video and remote lock at the visitor entrance.(Sandy Hook page 52, MSD page 345, PASS page 59)
  • Secure main entrance doors from a central location, such as the central administrative office and/or the school security office.(Sandy Hook page 51)
  • For the highest level of security, use electronic access control.(MSD page 349, PASS page 35)
  • Note, non-patented metal keys and low frequency/proximity cards can be easily duplicated.
  • Use a panic/duress alarm or call button at an administrative/security desk.(Sandy Hook page 52)

Sandy Hook Final Report of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, 03/2015 MSD Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School Public Safety Commission, 01/02/2019 Robb Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary Shooting, Texas House of Representatives, Interim Report July 17, 2022 FED Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety, 12/18/2018 PASS Guidelines 6th Edition, 2023 Model Codes including International Building Code (IBC), 2018 and subsequent editions, International Fire Code (IFC), 2018 and subsequent editions, NFPA 101 — Life Safety Code, 2018 and subsequent editions


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