(Oct. 2, 2013) – Loudoun County Public Schools have ratcheted up school security once again with an announcement that all classroom doors will remain locked at all times when closed.
Teachers may prop open the doors, but classroom keys are no longer needed to “lockdown” the classrooms as all doors will have their lock mechanisms engaged. In the event of a “lockdown”, teachers will have to simply close their doors instead of using their keys to lock them.
This change means that teachers that choose to close their doors while teaching, will have to open them each time a student returns from a visit to the office or restroom.
Here is a note send to substitute teachers in the school system on Wednesday, Oct. 2:
Important – Please read carefully as there is a change in the lockdown procedure in Loudoun County Public Schools. Classroom keys are no longer necessary for a lockdown.
Loudoun County Public Schools’ Lockdown Procedure
The following safety procedures are in place in all Loudoun County Public School.
- All exterior doors will remain locked while school is in session
- All interior classroom doors will have the lock mechanism engaged. The door may be left open and in the event of a “lockdown” is called, it can be shut quickly without the necessity of finding a key.
- Staff is to share any information that may represent a security concern to the school administrator immediately.