Even after the Sandy Hook tragedy, many schools still do not provide substitute and itinerant staff with classroom keys because of the risk and expense associated with lost or unreturned keys.
A practical-minded school secretary uses this procedure to be sure that ALL staff are equipped with keys to secure their location and protect lives in a security emergency:
When subs and itinerant staff report to the front office to sign in, she offers classroom keys in exchange for car keys. She holds the car keys until staff return to sign out. Since no one can leave without their car keys, it is easy to remember to sign out and return classroom keys at the end of the day! On the rare occasion that a staff member doesn’t have car keys, she suggests collecting another item not easily left behind! Easy, practical, and inspiring!