Security Initiative

Security planning and implementation is critical to keep students and staff safe in our school facilities. As we continue our work to implement security vestibules across our school district, a multi-disciplinary approach named, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), is applied to our design strategies. Key components of CPTED that relate to more secure entrances include:

  • Natural Surveillance: People are less likely to commit crimes if they feel they are being observed. Natural surveillance involves the designing of features to maximize the visibility of areas that should be observed.
  • Access Control: Limiting and regulating entrances reduces opportunities for crime and allows for more efficient screening of persons entering a facility.
  • Territoriality: The clear delineation of space creates a sense of ownership for legitimate users (staff and students) and creates an environment where intruders are more likely to standout.

The implementation of security vestibules at all of our school facilities will provide additional protection by adding a secured space while introducing a single point of entry. Vestibules are secured spaces with two of more sets of doors that only allow visitors access to one space within the building. In addition to the added security of knowing who is visiting the school, a security vestibule also serves as a single point of entrance for students who are late to school or coming from an appointment, as all other doors to the school remain locked while school is in session.

Security Vestibules

Security planning and implementation is critical to keep students and staff safe in our school facilities. Vestibules are secured spaces with two or more sets of doors that only allow visitors access to one space within the building. They limit and regulate entrances, allowing for more efficient screening of people entering a facility.

In addition to the added security of knowing who is visiting the school, a security vestibule also serves as a single point of entrance for students who are late to school or coming from an appointment, as all other doors to the school remain locked while school is in session.

There are currently 173 Montgomery County Public Schools that operate with active security vestibules.

  • Eight of these vestibules were recently installed and are in their final stages of construction.
  • Eight schools are designed and are scheduled for a summer 2019 installation.
  • Eight schools are in various stages of design/construction for a 2019-2020 school year implementation.
  • Twenty-two schools and holding facilities are expected to begin design work during the 2019-2020 school year.

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