Locking classroom doors..

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  1. michelleann27

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    I was wondering just how many teachers have to lock the classroom door whether they are in the classroom or not in the classroom.

    I teach the 8th grade in a low income area and known for drugs. We have campus police this is a 5th -8th school. Lots of students around 700. We have to keep our door locked at all times. Most of the classrooms have doors that lead straight outside. We have to line the kids up if we have to leave the classroom and they have to follow us the door is locked...

    Are we the only school that has this procedure...
     
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  3. bandnerdtx

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    We keep our doors locked, too. :-( It's a sad truth in today's world, I suppose.
     
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    I teach with my door open and lock it when I leave the room. During the schoolday, our doors aren't locked; we cut through courtyards to get from one side of the building to the other.
     
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    The door to my classroom is always locked. I prop open the door between classes to dismiss and admit students, otherwise it's locked at all times. Period.

    I told a story on here a while ago about one of my colleagues who had an incident in her classroom last year. A student barged into her room in the middle of class and forcibly removed another student and dragged that kid out into the hallway. I keep my door locked because I prefer to avoid situations like that.

    Another bonus to keeping my door locked is that students can't sneak in when they are late--I have to let them in, and then I notify them that they are tardy, and then I make them fill out our district's tardy paperwork. It works very well for me.
     
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    I should add that I also teach in an inner-city school known for gang violence. We have around 2,500 students, and I expect that number to increase next year.

    Technically our school doesn't have a locked door policy, but we are required to secure our supplies and technology equipment. I find it's just easier to keep my door locked than to pack up my LCD projector every time I leave my room. (The LCDs were a hot commodity last year... I think about 10 got stolen from unlocked classrooms when the teacher was out of the room.)
     
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    I also keep my door locked. I had a huge issue with students coming in late, so I posted a note that stated if you are late, wait until I open the door for you. I would make them wait on purpose, most learned their lessons. I did NOT have my door locked one day when there was a fight between to students (not mine) that ended up in the little cubbie like area where my door was, before I knew it the fight was half in my door half out! Needless to say, I kept it locked most of the time after that!

    I also teach in a low socioeconomic area where their is some gang violence, it isn't uncommon for there to be large fights, the last day of school after the students left the teachers were locked down in the building because of one such fight.......took about an hour before the all clear sounded.
     
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    It's school policy. We have drills and everything. Our doors have to be locked at all times. We can prop the doors open, but the door has to be locked.
     
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    Funny enough, our school has a locked door during class policy, but my classroom and the other 3 on my team are "special rooms". We are in a pod area that is left over from the open classroom concept of the 70's. We have floor to celing metal room dividers and NO doors, just an open space in the dividing wall. So we can't lock our door becuase we don't have one. Its always amusing when the principal reminds teachers that their doors are to remain locked and closed at all time except passing period.
     
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    During the day my door is locked but the door is open when I am in there and teaching. When I leave the room I pull the door shut so my room is locked.
     
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    I teach in an elementary building where doors are locked whenever the teacher leaves the classroom. A few years ago, we had a kindergarten student (EBD) who liked to "run." Locked doors prevented him from hiding! Kids are not allowed to be in a classroom unchaperoned so keeping doors locked is a liability issue.
     
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    We have to lock our doors when we are not in the room. I don't think we have ever had any major issues - maybe some students getting into minor mischief, but our principal wants us to lock the doors when we are out of the room to avoid temptation for anyone. I totally agree with it.
     
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    I have worked in both, a locked room and an unlocked room
    I got in trouble (later exonerated) for locking my door.
    It went to a hearing!
    When it came time for me to question the principal I asked 6 questions
    1. Who needs to be in my room?
    Answer Students, The Teacher, administration, custodial staff.
    2. Who should open (unlock) the door
    Answer The Teacher, administration, custodial staff.
    3. Who Has keys ?
    Answer The Teacher, administration, custodial staff.
    4. OK if someone needs to be in my room they will have a key right?
    Answer Yes
    5. So if the room is locked only authorized personal will come in Right?
    Answer Yes
    6. So Why are we here? No more questions
    The hearing officer then said to the principal "you are resending the letter of reprimand right?"
    It is time to go home.........:toofunny: :rofl:
     
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    Back when I taught sixth grade (when it was still considered elementary school in my district,) I would leave my classroom open when I went to the faculty lounge or the copy room, after school ended. I didn't lock it because I usually would be carrying a large pile of copies and couldn't open my door with them in hand, plus I left it open for the janitors. However, one of my students came back after school to get a book and snuck a peek at a test left on my desk by another teacher, asking if I could make her copies. The next day all her students received 100s, except for like 4. I would like to think it's because they're just fabulous learners, but let's face it, 120 students getting a 100 is a little odd. So now my door is locked the second the last bell rings and when I'm at lunch.
     
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    Itisn't required that we lockour doors at school, as long as I am in the room, but anytime I leave my room, it is locked.
     
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    My door is always locked. I open the doors between classes, but close it when class begins. Our school isn't a single building, but rather a campus filled with rows of classrooms. Every classroom door leads directly outside. The school is in a low-income, high-crime area. We've had criminals hide on campus while being chased by police. We've also had problems with gangs being on campus. Years before I joined the school, a teacher was assaulted in her classroom afterschool. It's not so much a rule that we lock our doors, but more for our own sense of security.
     
  17. teachmemath

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    :wow: :eek: what makes you want to keep working there?
    By working there I can see you really want to steer those kids in the right direction not in the path of those gangs. :up:
     
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    As a first year teacher & following the other teachers they would leave them unlocked. When we were warned for a "lock down" drill they would lock it. After this drill I just left it locked. I did prop it open (since I taught 1st), but it was locked if we ever had to close the door. I just didn't see the sense in trying to lock the door from the outside if there was a lock down drill. I hope this made sense. As for the drill (boy oh boy explaining that to 1st graders was really fun, but at least they had an idea about it from being in K)!!!
     
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    Wow, So it is kinda of the norm to lock doors... Some of you have some stories... I just hope I never have criminals or fighting kids come into my classroom.
     
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    Oh don't worry about fighting kids coming into your classroom, it is fighting kids that FALL into the classroom that are the problem (which is more of how it worked for me!) :toofunny:
     
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    Last year we had an incident where a gentleman came into the school very inebriated, and he somehow made it to my classroom....we have walkie talkies, so we locked down immediately. (I was out sick that day, so I do not know the whole story, but I will say that I was very proud of how the other teachers and substitute handled the situation) The police came and escorted him off premesis. I am glad I wasn't there, since it was my first year I probabaly would've panicked. I like to try and think that I would have done great, but I guess you never know til you are confronted with it. Crazy times we live in, huh?
     
  22. kyblue07

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    I don't know of anyone in my building that keeps their door locked except after school-time, of course. Last year, our central office put up security doors in our entry hall so that no one can get into the school or even beyond the front window to the main office without being buzzed in.
    We haven't had any incidents except for a cell phone being stolen last year out of a teacher's desk. I'm beginning to wonder if maybe the locked doors policy isn't such a bad idea though. I teach in a small, rural area. Most of our concerns have to do with custody issues, family problems, etc. But anything can happen anywhere!
    We ran our lockdown drills last year. Gosh, even the drills were scary!
    This might be something I'll ask about when we start PD days before school...6 days and counting!
     
  23. Brendan

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    I lock my door when I am not in my classroom, but other than that it is open. I work in a pretty afluent area and we do not even have as school police officer, so I really see no need. However, anything the students would be intrested in stealing is always kept in a locked place.
     
  24. jaruby

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    I work in a (very) good & high income suburban district and we have to keep our doors locked. They do not have to be closed but they must always be locked. They do this as part of our emergency lock down procedure. We cant lock our doors from the inside or without a key so if there is an intruder/threat we only have to shut the door.
     

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