Fire codes and classroom doors differ widely and special considerations exist in schools across the country so, it is imperative to check with local fire officials as well as the school safety officials/team before considering or implementing any change to the classroom or school building.This ingenious and cost effective solution is shared by a Massachusetts Elementary School and used in many schools across the country to keep classroom doors ready for quick locking during a lockdown. Inexpensive magnet sheets can be bought, cut, and sized to cover the faceplate of a lockset, preventing the door lock from engaging. This way the pre-locked door can be opened and closed with ease during a regular school day. In the event of a lockdown, the magnet strip is moved off the faceplate, the door is shut, and it locks automatically.
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