Governor Whitmer signed into law Public Act 45 of 2020, effective June 1, 2020, which amends the Construction of School Buildings Act to permit a temporary door locking device or system to be installed in school buildings. The Act clarifies that this installation does not violate the Fire Code.
A “temporary door locking device or system” (lockdown device) is an “anchoring mechanism or system installed on the interior side of a door that, when engaged, secures the door against forced entry.” Before installing a lockdown device, school officials must receive approval from the local building code enforcing agency that the lockdown device:
School officials must notify local law enforcement and the fire department before installing a lockdown device. Additionally, a school must provide training about the lockdown device to school staff working in a building with such a device.
If your school already has a lockdown device installed, the local building code enforcing agency must approve the device if:
If your school is considering purchasing a lockdown device or if a lockdown device is already installed, contact your Thrun Law Firm attorney to discuss the intricacies of the amended statute and how they may affect your school.