AB 211 school locks of 2009

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AB 211, Mendoza. School facilities: classroom security locks.

Existing law, the Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act of 1998
(the Greene Act), requires the State Allocation Board to allocate to
applicant school districts prescribed per-unhoused-pupil state
funding for construction and modernization of school facilities,
including hardship funding and supplemental funding for site
development and acquisition.
This bill, on and after July 1, 2011, would require all new
construction projects submitted to the Division of the State
Architect pursuant to the Greene Act to include locks that allow
doors to classrooms and rooms with an occupancy of 5 or more persons
to be locked from the inside, except as specified.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares all of the
following:
(a) Violent incidents on school campuses are increasing at an
alarming rate. Lockdowns are an effective tool that can be used on
school campuses to facilitate the safety of pupils and staff during
violent incidents.
(b) The locks in most school classrooms, offices, and other rooms
where pupils and staff gather can be locked only from the outside,
and the safety of school staff and pupils could be placed in jeopardy
if school staff is required to go out into a hallway to lock doors
during a violent incident.
(c) Locking mechanisms that lock a door from the inside, commonly
referred to as classroom security locks, have been developed to
quickly lock doors to classrooms, offices, and other rooms from the
inside.
SEC. 2. Article 8.5 (commencing with Section 17075.50) is added to
Chapter 12.5 of Part 10 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education
Code, to read:

Article 8.5. Classroom Security Locks

17075.50. (a) On and after July 1, 2011, all new construction
projects submitted to the Division of the State Architect pursuant to
this chapter shall include locks that allow doors to classrooms and
any room with an occupancy of five or more persons to be locked from
the inside.
(b) The locks shall conform to the specifications and requirements
set forth in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.
(c) Doors that are locked from the outside at all times and pupil
restrooms are exempt from the requirements of this section.

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