Members, Sarah Stewart attended our WVASA meeting and shared the following information on Temporary Door Locking Devices.
In the unfortunate reality we are faced with today, districts and schools are exploring various methods to increase the physical security of school facilities. One of those methods are temporary door locking devices that aim to prevent ingress/egress to a classroom in the event of an active shooter. Generally speaking, these types of devices do not conform to current Fire Marshal regulations. Notwithstanding, the West Virginia State Fire Marshal has recently released guidance on the process that districts can follow to obtain a variance from the prohibitive regulations and utilize temporary door locking devices in school facilities. It is important that a variance is applied for and received prior to purchasing, installing, or operating a temporary door locking device in a school facility.
The WV State Fire Marshall has released guidance as well as a variance application form to assist districts in obtaining a variance. Importantly, for the school facility in which the temporary door locking devices are to be located it must be shown:
Specific guidance on the characteristics of acceptable temporary door locking devices is also contained in the documents released by the WV State Fire Marshal. Please note that not all temporary door locking devices satisfy the requirements to obtain a variance. This information may be accessed via the WV State Fire Marshal’s website (https://firemarshal.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx) on the landing page under “Popular Forms”, or by viewing the attached documents.
Government Affairs Counsel