FAQ & Resources
Will TeacherLock™ classroom door locks work on both inward and outward swinging doors?
YES. From the occupancy side, if the door swings inwardly, the user will need a flush mount strike kit. If the door swings outwardly toward the hall, then the standard kit will work.
Will TeacherLock™ classroom door locks work on both left and right-handed doors?
YES. From the occupancy side, if the door handle is on the left, we call this a left-hand opening door. For customer convenience, we configure the TeacherLock™ classroom for left or right hand for the user so they don’t have to do it in the field.
Will these lockdown door locks work on double doors?
IF the double door has a hollow support in between the doors, then in most cases, yes, TeacherLock™ classroom door locks will work. If the double doors do not have a support (door jamb) in between then, unfortunately, these lockdown door locks are not a proper solution. We are excited to be working on a new product which will be released in the future to accommodate this. Stay tuned!
Does the activator work with every TeacherLock™ classroom door locks?
YES. Which is why we recommend ordering a few extra activators for substitute teachers, etc. It is also strongly advised to maintain an inventory of activators and tight control over their use and distribution.
Does the outside door key work with every TeacherLock™ classroom door locks?
YES. It is highly recommended to keep a tight control over this key. Typically, it is best to have one for emergency responders, one for administrators, and one for facilities.
Is this lockdown door lock easy to install?
YES. Installation typically only requires a cordless drill with a 3/8” bit, a 5/8”bit, and a 1/8” bit (to use as a leader hole) and a Philips head screw driver.
RESOURCESSee below for valuable information about the standards for classroom door security in schools.
NASFM Publication: Classroom Door Security and Locking Hardware The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) consists of members who make up the most senior fire officials in the United States. One of the many responsibilities of a fire marshal is to develop, adopt, and enforce fire safety codes. The document linked above outlines the guidelines for adequate door security according to the NASFM. For more information on the National Association of State Fire Marshals, click here.
Partner Alliance for Safer Schools Publication: Position Statement on Classroom Barricades Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), which was formed by the Security Industry Association (SIA) and the National Systems Contractors Association, is comprised of members of the security industry, school officials, security personnel as we as law enforcement officers. This coalition provides resources that will make students, teachers and staff safer. The publication linked above outlines its stance on using classroom door barricades in active shooter emergencies. For more information on the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools, click here.
National Fire Protection Association Journal Publication: Classroom Door Locking Against Unwanted Entry The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global nonprofit organization with a mission to save lives and reduce loss by means of information, knowledge, and passion. Information and knowledge provided by the NFPA are passed to others through over 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach, and advocacy. In the linked publication, the NFPA reports recent criterion for classroom door locks used against unwanted entry. For more information on the National Fire Protection Association, click here.
Door Security and Safety Foundation Video: The Dangers of Classroom Door Barricade Devices In this educational video, the Door Security and Safety Foundation addresses safety issues surrounding classroom door barricade devices. What many don’t realize is that most of these devices on the market do not meet code requirements, unintentionally putting students and educators in dangerous situations. For more information on the National Door Security and Safety Foundation, click here.
Door Security and Safety Foundation Publication: The Liability of Classroom Door Barricades In the campaign, Lock! Don’t Block, the Door Security and Safety Foundation continues it’s efforts to promote door locking over the use of classroom door barricades. The linked document outlines the safety and security concerns of using certain classroom door barricades in emergency situations. For more information on the Lock! Don’t Block campaign, click here.
Campus Safety Magazine Blog: Door Barricade, Egress Requirements and Campus Safety Campus Safety (CS) magazine is a resource provided for those that serve in the public safety and security efforts at hospitals, schools, and universities, such as campus police chiefs and security directors. In the 2017 blog linked above, Campus Safety Magazine, outlines information on code compliancy for classroom door barricades. For more information on Campus Safety Magazine, click here.