Napa Valley Keys in Higher Security with Safe Schools

To improve key control, the district selected the Schlage Primus key system that provides high security for exterior doors and the outside of classroom doors and Schlage conventional cylinders for inside classroom locks. These can be keyed so the Primus...


In a district-wide move to improve security, the Napa Valley Unified School District replaced its key system with a restricted, patented keyway that prevents unauthorized duplication. With the new locks installed recently, teachers also can lock classroom doors from the inside to make emergency...


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Remington notes that extensive planning was required to ensure that the project was finished in a timely manner, with supplies and manpower coming together at the right time. He says, “We ended up doing a lot of the work during school hours, and the teachers and administrators were very good about allowing us to replace locks during classes. Any work that included drilling or other noise was done after school or during a holiday break.

Key distribution is controlled by the individual schools, so temporary locksets were installed when necessary. Darnell explains, “I gave them temporary keys during construction so they could still lock down their classrooms and nobody would be locked out. I waited until they had their new keys before I changed to the permanent locks.”

Darnell has experience as a carpenter as well as a locksmith. His responsibilities include any door issues, including door closers, exit devices, hinges, locks and other hardware. With 35 district sites to maintain, including the schools and related facilities, he says it has been a big asset to have a supplier/contractor who stands behind its products and provides backup when he needs it.

Opening Technologies, Inc., located in Concord , Calif. , is an Ingersoll Rand Security Center serving Northern California .

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