Mechanical Locks for Educational Facilities

The Classroom Function enables the instructors and staff to lock and unlock their classrooms to best safeguard the students and their property. Students cannot lock the classrooms but can always exit.


Institutional (school) locksmiths know the types and functions of locks that are installed. Other locksmiths not specializing in education facilities may not be aware of these special function locks. Even in the era of bit keyed locks, specific locks were made for schools and institutions. This...


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Here is an application that a locksmith can easily do. To convert a hotel/hotel function lock to operate as a dormitory lock, issue change keys cut on the emergency key blanks. This allows all the students living in the room to have access even if the inside mechanism is turned or pushed in. The grand master keys are also cut on emergency key blanks, to be used by authorized personnel only to gain entrance. If room service, (e.g., maids), is provided and the students do not wish to use it, they can block out the service keys by turning the button in the inside lever/knob. The service master keys are cut on the change key. This function depends on the manufacturers function system. It may or may not apply to all hotel/motel locks.

Check with your local locksmith distributor for full information on available brands of classroom function locks. Some lock manufacturers who produce these types of locks and their web sites are:

• Arrow, www.arrowlock.com

• Corbin-Russwin, www.corbinrusswin.com

• DORMA Architectural Hardware, www.dorma-usa.com

• Falcon, www.falcon.ingersollrand.com

• Marks USA , www.marksusa.com

• SARGENT, www.sargentlock.com

• Schlage, www.schlage.com

• Yale, www.yalecommercial.com

• Cal-Royal Products, www.cal-royal.com

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Laurence (Laurie) Simon has been in the industry close to 60 years. He is a third generation locksmith by trade, with a complete background in Locksmithing, Distribution, Manufacturing, Factory Representation and Architectural Hardware. He can be e-mailed at laurie@simon-says.net. His web site is www.simon-says.net.

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