Update – May 2, 2018

on May 2, 2018 in Weekly Update

Good Evening San Jacinto College Community,

I know all of you are busy with the wrap-up of the Spring Semester, but I didn’t want this semester to come to a close without giving you a quick update and a thank-you.

Over the next few months, San Jacinto College will be modifying the locks on all classroom and conference rooms.  The modifications will comply with recent recommendations and guidelines made by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) 101 Life Safety Code.

San Jacinto College will comply with the following criteria recommended by NFPA for door locking mechanisms.  I highlighted the criteria that I believe will be most meaningful to you.

  1. Classroom door must be capable of being unlocked and opened from outside the room via proper credential or key.
  2. Unlocking and unlatching from the classroom side without the use of key or tool, without any special knowledge or effort.
  3. For new door hardware, the releasing mechanism must open door leaf with not more than one releasing operation.
  4. For retrofit, the releasing mechanism must open door leaf with not more than two releasing operations.
  5. Locking means must be capable of being engaged without opening the door and telegraphing intention to secure.
  6. Release mechanism must be mounted in the height range of latch release hardware like lever handles and panic hardware.
  7. No modification to door closure or panic hardware is allowed.
  8. Modifications to fire door assemblies are to be made to IAW NFPA 80 codes and standards.
  9. Remote engagement of locks is also permitted.

The locking mechanisms have been selected and are currently being sourced.  Once the expenditure receives approval and contracts finalized, the replacement of the door locking mechanisms will begin.  Our goal is to have all locking mechanisms changed by August 31, 2018.  The project will include 1,063 classroom doors and approximately 200 conference room doors.  It is anticipated that the lock cores will be transferred into the new locking mechanism in order to reduce the number of key replacements.  The locks on office doors already comply with the locking mechanism recommendations thus no changes will be made, except in rare situations.

Additionally, the College’s emergency plan will be revised to address the use of locking and unlocking means from within and outside the room.  Following installation, there will also be emergency drills for employees to practice the engagement and release of the locking means from within and outside the room.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and administrators is of primary concern to the College. I thank you for your patience as minor inconveniences may occur during this project.

I know this has been a difficult academic year, and I want to thank each faculty member, staff member and administrator for your dedication to our students!  I could not be more proud of our San Jacinto College family!  Just last year at this time, we were celebrating each of you as San Jacinto College was named “A Rising Star” recipient from the Aspen Institute (one of the top 5 community colleges in the country).  This year, I again want to celebrate each of you for your hard work and dedication!

Best,
BH

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