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Can classroom doors be propped open?

The answer to this question is tough in that it really does depend on the individual situation. In general, non-rated classroom doors may be propped open but only with an approved hold-open device. Under no circumstance would it be acceptable to prop open a classroom door with a kick-down device, a wooden wedge, or a trash can. Examples of approved hold-open devices include but are not limited to: magnetic hold-open devices or friction devices. Any hold-open device installed on a door must only require 1-motion to close.

News & Info for Schools

Classroom Barriers

Mende Barnett, OSFM Education Consultant | Sep 13, 2013

Active shooter information and prevention have been a hot topic with our office. From Sandy Hook to the more recent Georgia incidents we all are looking at ways to keep our kids safe. In doing so, we are finding that even though this type of safety is important from keeping intruders out of the classrooms we also have to allow the “good guys” in the classrooms in case of a fire or other emergency.

DAW TECH is a supplier of controlled environment solutions. They have designed the S.O.B Classroom Barrier that is best described as a ballistic rated barrier-of-entry door. Its design is to make every classroom a safe room.

The problem with these types of doors is the variable factors that are involved. They are not approved classroom doors. If a facility was to use this as a corridor door it would need to meet the code for that purpose. IFC 1017.1 states that an Education Occupancy Type should have a one hour fire rated corridor door without a sprinkler. 

Another concern would be the type of lock being used on these types of doors. Is it easily accessible? Can a teacher get the door unlocked with one motion?

Active shooter drills are on the rise after all these events have taken place and having an Emergency Response Plan in place is important to all involved. It is up to each individual facility to prepare, plan and execute such plans. Homeland Security offers a 90 minute webinar and other resource material available to help private and public sectors understand the importance of developing an emergency response plan.