Safe­ty and secu­ri­ty are top pri­or­i­ties in our schools. As stu­dents head back to class this fall, admin­is­tra­tors and edu­ca­tors are faced with the evolv­ing chal­lenge of pro­vid­ing secure access to autho­rized per­son­nel and guests, while keep­ing unau­tho­rized peo­ple out of the build­ing.

Main­tain­ing secu­ri­ty has nev­er been sim­pler with today’s access con­trol sys­tems for schools, main­tain­ing secu­ri­ty has nev­er been sim­pler. In this blog post, we look at 6 ways these sys­tems can increase safe­ty across the entire school dis­trict.

1) Simple, secure access for teachers and staff

track who’s in the schoolThere’s no longer a need to con­stant­ly redis­trib­ute keys or spend resources on com­pli­cat­ed key man­age­ment. Today’s access con­trol sys­tems for schools allow your teach­ers and staff to enter the build­ing with elec­tron­ic key fobs, key cards/badges or even their smart­phones. With some sys­tems, you don’t even have to remove your phone from your pock­et. This makes entry a lot smoother, more effi­cient and more secure.

2) Track who’s in the school

Access con­trol sys­tems make it easy to mon­i­tor who is enter­ing the build­ing and when. This is espe­cial­ly valu­able for sit­u­a­tions in which you need to know who was in the school dur­ing an inci­dent such as theft, whether it hap­pens dur­ing the school day or after hours. In emer­gency lock­down sit­u­a­tions, it also helps to make sure all per­son­nel are account­ed for.

3) Safe access for parents and guests

safe access for parents and guests

Dur­ing the school day, most schools are locked to pre­vent access from the out­side. This is also true for many preschools and day­care cen­ters, which remain locked at all times for even greater secu­ri­ty. So how do par­ents enter to drop off or pick up their kids? With access con­trol sys­tems in place, par­ents can enter the same way as oth­er autho­rized per­son­nel: with key­less fobs, cards or by enter­ing their per­son­al code on the key­pad.

4) 2‑way communication

Two way communicationAccess con­trol sys­tems can also be inte­grat­ed with inter­com sys­tems and video cam­eras to allow for easy 2‑way com­mu­ni­ca­tion between guests and per­son­nel inside the school. This is use­ful for deliv­er­ies or oth­er sit­u­a­tions in which par­ents or guests do not have a key fob or code.

5) Track attendance

If desired, your entire stu­dent body can have key cards to ensure that no unau­tho­rized per­sons are enter­ing the school. In addi­tion to the enhanced secu­ri­ty, this also pro­vides a sim­pler means of track­ing atten­dance and hav­ing record of who was in the build­ing at any giv­en time.

6) Multi-room / building management

multi-room management

Access con­trol isn’t lim­it­ed to a sin­gle exte­ri­or door. These sys­tems can be used to con­trol access through the entire build­ing or even the entire dis­trict. For exam­ple, sci­ence teach­ers may need spe­cial access to rooms where chem­i­cals are stored. Approved per­son­nel can use the same key fob, card or device to access these rooms as they use to enter the school. The same goes for admin­is­tra­tors who need to trav­el to dif­fer­ent schools dur­ing the day. Man­ag­ing access is sim­ple, allow­ing per­son­nel to be grant­ed approval for dif­fer­ent build­ings or rooms with just a few clicks.

Learn more about access control systems for schools

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