Safety and Security

Linking Modernized Schools to Higher Achievement 10

Welcoming the educational community while providing a safe and secure place to foster learning begins at the entry to the school. It should be orderly and welcoming while limiting access to people from outside the school community. A secure vestibule should control access to the instructional environment beyond the entry, with security features/equipment seamlessly integrated into the building’s design. The main office should be directly adjacent to and accessible from the entry lobby to facilitate wayfinding while serving as a checkpoint for arriving visitors. Windows with views of the arrival area in front of the building and within the secure lobby can also help enhance the safety of students, teachers, and staff/administrators within the school.