The main school entrance is extremely important and this is one of the first things that look at during an access audit. It should be easily identifiable from a distance by its design, location, signage and lighting as well as being easy for all students, staff and parents to use.
In existing buildings, it is important to ensure that students with disabilities can use the same entrance as other students. Access doors should be designed as to permit operation by one person in a single motion with little effort. Power-operated doors are obviously the best type of doors for people with disabilities. The activator system should be automatic or placed within easy reach
An accessible door should have the following features:
Secure side – a sign, a door handle, an extra pull handle, glazing and a kick plate
Un-secure side – a sign, a user-friendly access control reader, glazing and a kick plate