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04/01/17: “All Visitors Must Sign In” article by BAISCA’s Andrew LaRowe  and Mike Raible of The School Solutions Group in the September 2016 issue of School Planning and Management Magazine.


When developing security measures for school buildings, facility planners and administrators work hard to avoid visual references to correctional facilities. Any perception that they have gone too far with fencing, metal detectors or surveillance cameras typically generates an automatic response of, “we cannot operate our schools like prisons!” The learning environment we create for teachers and children is simply not the same as the space necessary for locking up criminals. Still, if the comparison sets an obvious boundary for the design and operation of school facilities, it does remind us that at least in prisons it is possible to have absolute control over individuals entering or exiting the building.

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