Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Classroom Safety First!

It is a taboo topic.  No one likes to talk about it.  Lockdowns.   The name alone is scary and it is scary when it is happening.  It is, however, something that needs to be discussed and practiced frequently.  

The school district I previously worked in installed a Lock Blok device over the summer one year.  We all thought it was pretty lame until we were actually put on lockdown one day.

There are so many lockdown devices out there that make it so that teachers and school staff do not have to find their set of keys, go in the hallway, and lock the door during an emergency situation.  After all, if a school is in an emergency situation, every single second counts!

I am not a sheriff, on any sort of safety committee, nor a lockdown guru, but I am a teacher and if you work in education, you know how important the lives of our students are to us.  After the events at Sandy Hook Elementary, all schools around our nation were on heightened alert and in search of lockdown devices.

I have compiled 6 lockdown devices that are super easy to use, yet very effective.  Some require hardware to install, some do not.  Some work on door handles only (not knobs), some work on all types, but all of them are super simple that a student could use it if an emergency occurred.  With that being said, if you do NOT have any sort of lockdown device, I HIGHLY recommend you invest in one and take some time talking to students about lockdown procedures, including showing them how to use the device, if need be.

Also, these devices are not in any way intended to replace a lock or door locking system in any way.

The Lock Blok is the device installed in all classrooms in my old classrooms.  It was so simple and easy to use.  All of the students knew how to use it.  The nest part is...it requires no hardware!  It comes with a super industrial strength adhesive that attaches to any door :)  In an emergency situation, simply slide the Lock Block and the door is locked!!  Note: this will not work on a door that opens inward!  I will be purchasing this for my new classroom and installing myself.  
The cost:  $11

Made by the same company as the Lock Blok, is the Door Blok.  This type can be used on handles and knobs.  The cost: $8.

What I LOVE most about the Lock Blok and Door Blok systems is that doors close so quietly because the door does not latch.  Both make it super quick and easy to lock the door quickly.

Using the Lock Blok or Door Blok, you would keep the door LOCKED at all times.  because these devices make it so that the door does not latch, guests are able to enter.

**I have used both the Door Blok and Lock Blok devices and would highly recommend both :)

Please note: I have never personally used the below devices.  I simply complied from searching :)

The Portable Affordable Lockdown System (PALS) requires one side of the cable to be permanently installed to one side of the wall.  The other end of the wire is hooked onto a door handle in an emergency situation.  To be honest with you, this one makes me a bit nervous.  It doesn't look like it can slip off of the handle, but I would be nervous about that.  I have never used this type of device, but this is simply my own visual opinion.
The cost: unknown

The School Safe Anti-Latching Device is a metal device that is installed onto the door itself.  The metal piece is kept open, keeping the door slightly ajar.  When the metal is closed, the door will fully close.
The cost: $10.95

The Jamblock is a metal device which can be slid under the door itself in an emergency situation.  Due to the strength of the metal, the door is unable to be opened from the outside, even with extreme force or pressure.
The cost: unknown

Well, here is a cutesy little device for you ladies {and gentlemen} out there!  This is the Lock Smock, made of a sturdy piece of fabric, complete with two elastic hooks on either end.  One elastic side is sewn together (this would go on the outside of the door) and the other has a removable clip, for quick removal.
The cost: $8

Please note: All of the above ideas are 100% my own.  I am NOT in any way affiliated with any of the above companies, businesses, organizations, programs, or products.  I was not compensated in any way for expressing my ideas or writing this post.

If you have questions about any of the above devices, I would be happy to help :)

If you know of any other lockdown devices, I would love to hear about those, too!!

Happy {almost} back-to-school!

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