IPVMU Certified | 08/29/13 03:50pm
There is ambiguity concerning 'Classroom Locks', and many manufacturers have their own offerings that meet the formal ANSI requirements, but go above and beyond the spec.
For example, some manufacturers include a locking cylinder on the inside that locks the door, but the inside handle still opens the door freely.
This makes good sense to me, because a teacher can 'secure' the class without opening the door. However, the spec does not require this feature.
This magnet 'helps' by letting a teacher ALWAYS keep the door locked, but prevents it from latching to they cannot accidentally lock themselves out of their own classroom. In theory, once the threat alarm sounds, the teacher yanks the magnet cover and the door is locked.
When I first saw this, I thought the point was that it avoids having to buy classroom function locks but evidently not? So if I need to buy classroom locks anyway, how does this help? Sorry, basic question.