School security should be integrated into the design in a manner that creates a safe and welcoming environment and not by evoking a climate of fear. Not only does the school need to be safe, but students should also feel that they are in a safe environment. A holistic approach is required for implementing security measures that achieve this balance.
By providing multiple layers of access that can be locked down in the event of an emergency, schools can maintain welcoming public spaces and holistically safe learning communities. Minimizing community entry points creates one primary flow of human traffic that can act as a gatekeeper to the rest of the campus, allowing learning communities to have their own individual indoor-outdoor connections with egress points.
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This article site some of the things regarding layered access that schools can be thinking about.