Monday, September 08, 2008
The little dread schoolhouse
…Pat Kossan, AZ Republic, Aug 31, 2008, says take a gander at the school the next time you are over there.
…How about exterior lighting? Most buildings are used at night sometimes. Sufficiently bright? What about the parking areas? Bike racks? Wall-mounted fixtures are better than big poles. Maybe motion detectors would be good in dark corners.
…Put the office by the front door—no one will have an excuse to wander around looking for it. Make sure the receptionist can see the door, the parking lots, and side corridors.
…Make sure administrators can see common areas from door-length windows beside their doors.
…Curved entrances rather than doors to the bathrooms can make mischief inside more audible.
…Sinks can be placed in the hall so kids are under supervision.
…Small chain link fences are harder to climb, though it can be done.
…There should be a telephone in each classroom. Again, door-length windows provide a view into the hall.
…Check out 2st Century Schools at www.azfb.gov.
…AZ has folks saying teachers should carry guns. HA takes a dim view. That’s nutty schools, not safe schools.